Resting in God involves putting all our trust in God, it means not being anxious about anything but believing that God will take care of everything. Regardless of His answer, whether it is yes, no, or wait, we can rest in Him. Resting in God means we do not try to force our will or pray prayers that go against God’s will. It means aligning our will with His will and being content with what He says.
God may not answer us the way we might have imagined, but that does not make Him any less of God. God is still God, whether He says no, yes, or wait, He is still God even when circumstances do not work out in our favor. Resting in God means we accept His will for our lives and not what we have planned for ourselves. God knows the end from the beginning, He sees what we cannot see, He knows everything. Therefore, we rest in Him knowing the truth that everything eventually works for good to those who trust Him.
Any moment we try to make things work out by our own strength, we grow weary and fall. We grow frustrated, we turn into people who are unpleasant to be around. We become angry people, we may even start to think that other people owe us something, yet, they do not, except to love us. In our hearts we tend to plan many things for our lives without even involving God, then, when things do not work out, we start blaming everyone around us including God.
We plan for the future we want, we plan for the spouses we want, we plan for the children we want, we plan for the careers we want, we plan for the friends we want, we plan for the places we want to visit or live, we plan for the kind of lifestyle we want to live. Yet, do we stop to consult God, do we stop to ask for His will, do we stop to ask what God has in mind for our lives? God’s plans and purpose are always the best. We are limited in our thinking, and because of that, we tend to limit God.
In our deception, even without knowing it most times, we make plans and then expect God to approve of them. We say to ourselves we will do something then later involve God, we say to ourselves we will become involved with such and such person then after that, we can go back to God. When we go out of God’s will in order to satisfy our desires, we can expect to reap what we sow. Those who sow in the flesh will reap in the flesh, and likewise, those who sow in the Spirit will reap in the Spirit; God cannot be mocked.
We have become used to using other people, approaching others with wrong motives, doing wrong to others and getting away with it, and then, we expect that we can approach God in the same way. How deceived we are! God looks at the heart, He knows our thoughts, He knows our motives, and out of the heart shall the fruits come out; sow evil reap evil, sow good reap good. God is love, yet, He cannot be taken advantage of, He cannot be mocked. We need to turn away from sins and walk in repentance. Jesus’ death and resurrection assure a new life in God to those who call upon His name.
God wants to carry our burdens, He tells us to give everything to Him and He will give us rest.
Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I Am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30.
We are not meant to walk in life always worrying, we are to present our requests to God and let Him handle it. God is all-powerful and better equipped to handle the problems and burdens we have. Resting in God means total surrender, it means we rely on God and not our human strength, it means we do not put trust in fellow human beings or in things of this world.
Things change, people change, they come and go, yet, after all is said and done, God remains.
The Bible says that God will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in Him. We are to be still and wait on God. We are to do our part and leave the rest to God. We are to commit everything to God and pray for His will to be done in our lives.
God is our rest.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely Your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23.
May we rest in God.
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