And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ (Philippians 4:7)
I hope as you have been following our rest series, we’ve encouraged you to rest. We understand that we live in a fast-paced world and it’s difficult to keep up with demands placed on us and those we put on ourselves. I think it’s because we somehow believe that busy means productive and that is not always the case. Busy could also mean distracted.
I struggle with resting, too. As a mom I’m busy. As an employee, I’m super busy. My job keeps me running and thinking all the time. Some mornings I awake and my feet hit the ground running, and from sunup to sundown it’s non-stop. Before you know it my anxiety level is on 10 No, it’s 10 X 10. It is then that I have to remind myself to “Stop, Yvette! Breathe.Rest.”
But I don’t want to just rest. I want peace-peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7) I want perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3) I want peace that is only found in the presence of God because that is lasting peace-satisfying peace-thirst quenching peace. But how do we get there? How do we find it? Is there a yellow brick road to follow? Is God playing Marco Polo with us? No! He’s not.
Just as God led Moses and his followers from the harsh demands of the Pharaohs in Egypt through the rough terrains of the wilderness and eventually to the promised land of Canaan. He wants to lead us. He is trying to lead us. He is still leading like the cloud by day and pillar of smoke by night. But the question is are we following?
Learning to rest in the presence of God is probably one of the most difficult tasks for a Christian, regardless of how long you’ve been a Christian. It’s still difficult. I think it has more to do with our free will, and we struggle because we believe we know what’s best for our lives. Could it be that we have not totally, completely given up lordship to God? Do we want to make decisions for ourselves- on our own-independent of anyone else including God?
Join me back here for Faith-Full Friday to examine some of the habits we engage in that keep us out of the presence of God and distract us from His leading. In the meantime, I pray that you have a blessed week. I pray that this series on rest has/will stir up a hunger and thirst for God like never before. And I pray that you become more sensitive as He tries to lead you beside still waters.
To rest in God is to surrender to His will even when you don’t understand.