Entering His Rest

[Exd 33:14 ESV] 14 And he said, "My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."


Rest….the rest of the Lord is a promise and a command. He tells us to labor six days and rest on the seventh. Over and over we see the theme of entering the rest of the Lord. Now those of you who know me, know that I don’t rest well. Yeah, I like to chill out, watch a movie or something, but to truly rest, I’m not sure I know how to do that. I am always doing laundry, tidying up, doing SOMETHING, but just in bed, not doing anything, resting? Yeah I don’t know. And then I got sick, and my pregnancy took a turn and suddenly I was being forced to rest. And at first it was easy, I was dog tired and super sick, but as I started to feel better I would try to do things, and I would wind up back in bed, in pain and sick, so I’ve finally learned, I need to rest.


But this resting is no accident. God is up to something, as He always is. He is teaching me something, He is growing character in me and exposing things in me that I wish weren't there, but being laid up has caused me to come to terms with, because let’s face it, you can only numb your mind with Netflix for so long, eventually you must deal with “stuff”. For me, I realize that He is using all this for His glory and my good. He is answering prayers I've cried out over the years. I've longed for greater intimacy, a new understanding of Him. Increased faith, an assurance like I've never known. An outpouring of His love, grace and mercy, not only to me, but THROUGH me to others.


It is this season of rest that I am discovering His presence in a new way. He is always there, even through the mind numbing Netflix marathons, waiting patiently for me to turn my heart towards His and surrender. So friends, I've surrender. Again. It’s not the first time I've waived my white flag, and it won’t be the last, but I am going to joyfully enter into this rest and learn from Him, My Lord and Teacher, because He has much to say, and the days are growing short. I long for a change in this corrupt heart of mine. I long for a truly sacrificed life, one that says “yes Lord” even when it doesn't make sense. This truly has been a season I don’t understand, but I don’t need to, because I know Him, and He is good. Everything He does is good.


So my encouragement to you today, raise the white flag, yield to whatever it is He is asking of you, even if it doesn't make sense. How crazy did Joshua sound to the Israelites when he told them they would take Jericho by marching, hollering and blowing trumpets? But God is faithful, He does what He says He will do.


I want to end with an excerpt from psalm 18, that brought me peace and joy this week as I face the circumstances surrounding my pregnancy and this time.


28 For it is you who light my lamp; the LORD my God lightens my darkness. ... 30 This God--his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. 31 For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?-- 32 the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless. 33 He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights. 34 He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. 35 You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great.


Friends, He will equip you and make your way blameless.

Resting in Him and learning from Him,
Your sister in Christ

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