Where do you look for rest and peace?
Is your hope in the next vacation?
Massage or pedicure?
Rest is defined as: to cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength. Or to be placed or supported so as to stay in a specified position.
What jumps out for you in that definition?
For me the words "cease work, refresh, recover strength and supported".
Those words are encouraging to me. They are both active and inactive words.
They are the opposite of striving and describe thriving.
God asks us to enter His rest! (Hebrews 4)
What keeps us from entering into His rest? Hebrews 3:19: “And so we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.”
Did you catch that??? Unbelief keeps us from entering rest!! Wowza!
And what does unbelief lead us to do? STRIVE TO ACHIEVE IN OUR OWN STRENGTH! It leads us to have the attitude that if its gonna get done, I've got to do it myself! It's an attitude of self sufficiency.
God also tells us to "Be still, and know that I am God!" (Psalm 46:10 For me this translates to wait on me! Yikes.....waiting is hard!
Often times instead of waiting and resting, we try to take matters into our own hands!
When we do that fatigue comes, anxiety comes, striving and pushing are what happen for me.
Paul reminds us "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus". - Philippians 4:6-7
The Prince of Peace longs to provide us with His peace and rest as we trust in Him and wait on Him.
So as we enter the waiting room of life, what does He ask of us? To be still and know (believe) that He is God, not be anxious for anything, to pray, give thanks, to rest in His presence as He works out the problems you are waiting to have solved.
Where has God got you in the waiting room of life?
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