93 RestPosted: April 2, 2014
Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30
Secret number 25 to finding humility is Rest.
I like to rest. How about you? When I was single, my housemates could have told you that my favorite pastime was lying on the couch. Yet, I really resist resting. I have lots of things to do. I need to get them done. Time is passing, and so I need to hurry to accomplish my goals—or so I think.
We hurry because we lack trust. Lacking trust leads to striving. When we do not trust God to provide, we take on the onus of finding provision. “Do I want or need anything?” We look for ways to get our needs and desires met. When we do not trust God to provide for us, then we strive to get it by our own effort. We burden ourselves.
The way we counter this tendency is to strive to enter His rest. (Hebrews 4:11) Strange but true, we need to exert effort in order to rest! We have developed the habit of work. We need to develop a new habit of entering His rest, His Sabbath rest, a rest we can live in daily as we walk in the works He prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)
Resting might provoke fear in us. At these times, we need to remember that God has everything in control. We belong to Him, and He will take care of us. After all, nothing we do on our own will last. “LORD, You establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished You have done for us.” (Isaiah 26:12) Anything of eternal value comes from Him. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, Who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)
We need to seek God for His direction. As we learned last time, we can pray and fast. However, praying and fasting do not accomplish anything in of themselves. In fact, fasting helps us to realize how truly weak we are. The real power (ability) for change comes from God.
When we rest, we see God move in our lives. He moves without our help or effort. This feels humbling. God does not need our help. We do need God’s help.
Striving to enter His rest,
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