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Learning to Rest

04 Mar Posted by in Inspiration | 5 comments
Learning to Rest

“This is what the Lord says: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is and walk in it, and you will find REST for your souls..’” Jer. 6:16

When we’re overburdened the world seems a colder place—the sun could be shining but from our vantage point (because we are focused inward) we never even notice! The birds may be singing, but all our ears hear is the tune of our own grief—our heart crying out our pains, weariness and sorrows.
When we are deluged with our own dilemmas, it puts distance between ourselves and others, and between us and God. Oh HE is still there, but the distance is one felt by us because we are not calling on Him, because we are too self-absorbed.
The weight of all our life’s concerns can become such a burden that it’s difficult to be at REST. The issue may be unmet expectations, finances, relationships, or fear of the future. But calling out to us, if we can clear away all the clamor of the pressing problems, is the Voice of God with an invitation to REST in Him!
He wants us to trust Him to take care of us, to work on our behalf—to ask at our crossroads, “where is the good path?” and then to walk in it. If we do this, He will give us REST for our souls. “My soul finds REST in God alone!” Ps. 62:1

How Do You Rest?

1) REMEMBER what God has done for you in the past. (Psalm 77:11-12) “I will remember the deeds of the Lord;yes, I will remember Your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all Your mighty deeds.”

What has God done for you over the years? Make a quick list of at least three specific instances that come to mind.
2) EXPECT God to work again on your behalf! He has done it before! (Psalm 5:1-3) “Give ear to my words oh God, consider my meditations; listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. Oh Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”

What do you want to ask God to do? (Our intent and motives always should be in line with God’s will.)
3) STAND FIRM in your faith. (I Peter 5:7-12) “Cast your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert because your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, and stand firm in your faith and after you have suffered a little while, He will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, steadfast..this is the true grace of God, STAND FIRM in it.”

Don’t waiver, don’t quit! Don’t turn and run! DO put on the armor of God and having done all, stand! Read Ephesians 6: notice there is no armor for the backside, only the front! We are not to run.
4) THANK God for another opportunity for Him to show Himself faithful to you again! (I Thess. 5:18) “Give thanks in all things.”

Write a prayer of thanks IN ADVANCE for what God will do for you in your situation!
“The NAME of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10

  1. Jenny Carlisle03-05-11

    Beautiful post. Thanks, Pamela for the reminder. So many things conspire to keep us from resting in the Lord. We just have to take time out, and do it!

    • psstephens03-05-11

      Thank you Jenny! Glad you enjoyed it! I appreciate the response!

  2. Debbie Archer03-05-11

    Sometimes we forget that resting IS part of His plan for us. In today’s world, fast seems the only acceptable speed. Thank you for reminding us that we’re very likely to miss valuable lessons and blessings if we aren’t careful. Wonderful post.

    • psstephens03-06-11

      Sometimes we even miss the answers–too busy to see! Thanks, Debbie!

  3. Sheila Covey03-14-11

    I think I need to read this post daily *lol* Thanks for the reminders!

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