Does our society even know how to rest anymore? In reference to a rebellious nation, “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.’” (Isaiah 30:15)
Could it be that by searching for rest, we are running from it? Could it be that it can only be found in surrender?
So many times God calls Himself a refuge. Often times it is specifically for the weary.
King David said, “The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed – a refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You – for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.” (Psalm 9:9-10)
My Dad brought up the other day the claim of one of the co-founders of News Boys that he was an atheist. He was tired of trying to keep up the act of being a Christian.
There is a fine line between trying to produce actions and living by the Spirit. Motives is probably where it all starts. Do you want to impress the people around you or love God?
My parents were nice enough to give me a fancy purity ring with “real” stones. Recently, I noticed that the blue stone was very cloudy and lackluster. None-the-less the ring was precious to me. I had tried washing it with soap and water myself but it would do little good and pretty soon the dullness would return. After taking it for an inspection and cleaning at the jewelers though, I was in awe, giddy even, at the depth and sparkle of the gem!
That relates to us. We get “dirty” walking through life; hurts and tiredness build up. When we try to “clean” ourselves, the effort never produces lasting results. We are in constant need of being washed by God in the blood of Jesus.
The cares of this world are constantly trying to distract us and we often are blind to how “dirty” our lives are becoming. When we are resting in the Lord, living in Him, anything can be restful though. Life flows from the Spirit inside us and we truly sparkle with love, joy, and all the fruit of the Spirit. It doesn’t matter the season or the responsibilities, God is what makes life great.
There are good people in the world who are not Christians. The difference is where strength is being drawn from. Christians draw their strength from God.
A couple of years ago, a sweet, caring friend of mine took me aside and told me that she had given her life to Jesus. I was surprised. By her actions I would have thought she was already saved. As I watched her life after that announcement though, there was an obvious change. Gushing joy, unlimited love, etc., etc.
I would dare to say that the good people would become better if they were living by the Spirit which is the source of “good.”
Yes, we need a Refuge. Yes, we need Jesus every moment of every day. He gives us the ability to “shine as lights in the world” as Paul puts it in Philippians 2:15. Surprisingly, as we are being a light and doing good works, a rest like no other is found.