In contemporary society, our Adversary majors in three things: noise, hurry, crowds. If he can keep us engaged in “muchness” and “manyness,” he will rest satisfied. . . . Hurry is not of the Devil, it is the Devil. [Richard Foster]
That’s challenging isn’t it?!
If you are feeling engaged in ‘muchness’ and ‘manyness’- a common feeling for us in the approach to Christmas – it is worth examining what the Lord may be saying about how to live and work from the place of rest and trust.
Is your trust level high?
God was able to rest because he had a high level of trust in his own work. Isaiah 55:11 points out that God’s word will not return to him empty – God’s purposes are fulfilled. Proverbs 19:21 says that his purposes prevail. So on that basis he can rest because he knows the end…. and its good. We often don’t rest because our trust levels are low. Do you trust God to work his purpose out? Can you rest in this? Or do you need to make up for what you perceive are God’s deficiencies – in other words doing his work for him?
God’s word has gone out to our people of peace….. all those who are near to the kingdom. This means we can trust that his word will accomplish that which it has been intended for – in the case of our people of peace this means salvation.
Do you know you are trusted by God?
God trusts us. He knows our flaws and imperfections. Jesus knew that the disciples wouldn’t do a perfect work, wouldn’t be anywhere near as good as he was, yet still trusted them. He even expected that they would do greater things because they believed. God rests because he trusts us. His trust in us is as high as his trust in his own work.
Rest and Trust go together. Don’t refuse.
There is another verse in Isaiah which highlights that trust and rest go together:
“For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel:
In returning and rest you shall be saved;
in quietness and in trust shall be your strength. but you refused….” Isaiah 30:15
I guess the challenge at this time is to make sure we are not refusing God’s trust in us and to ensure we are trusting in him. And because you trust you will find rest. Mark