Please rest..

Rest comes when we no longer rely on what we can do for ourselves – rather we trust in what God alone can do (Hebrews 4:12 ). 

My child don’t you know

That I am here

In your life to stay for always?

My child can’t you see

That I am here

And I’ll never go away?

My child don’t you know

My love for you

It reaches to the heavens?

So please rest in the knowledge

That I’ll take care of You

 

My child don’t you know

That I gave up

My only Son’s life to save you?

My child can’t you see

That no good thing

Would I ever withhold from you?

More precious by far

Is man to me

Than anything else that I created

So please rest in the knowledge

That I’ll provide for you

 

My child don’t you know

That I am here

To fight your every battle?

My child can’t you see

That you are more

Than a conqueror in Christ?

And there is nothing

In this whole wide world

That could ever separate us..

No, there’s nothing

In this whole wide world

That could ever separate us..

So please rest in the knowledge that

I will fight for you

 

I am here

Here to stay

I’ll take care of you

I’m your Source

Your Limitless Source

I’ll provide for You

I’m your Shield

And your Great Reward

I will fight for you.

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This devotional is from the Series “ Treasures in the Darkness”. It is inspired by the truth in the song “Please Rest .”

Bible Reading:

“Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the skies.” (Psalm 36:5, NIV)

“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet Your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (Matthew 6:26, NIV)

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32, NIV)

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39, NIV)

“Each one of you will put to flight a thousand of the enemy, for the Lord Your God fights for you, just as He has promised.” (Joshua 23:10, NLT)

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Lately, I’ve been battling discouraging thoughts. Thoughts like “I’m not living up to what God expects of me.”  This led to waning confidence in prayer for various needs I have, and for victory in battles that I’m facing – I started believing the lie that God answers prayer based on how well I am performing!  Thankfully, the Holy Spirit reminded me of a wonderful Bible verse in which God reveals that it’s not in His nature to break a bruised reed or to snuff out a smoldering wick (Isaiah 42:3 ). I also remembered the song  ” Please Rest.”  It reminded me that God is a loving parent who is always present, always provides and always protects. Sure, He wants me to mature, but He knows I can’t do it on my own.

We all face this kind of discouragement from time to time. For some of us, we struggle most, when, in difficult seasons, we can’t sense God’s presence. We forget that He lives in us  ( 1 Corinthians 6:9).  Few of us remain unruffled when multiple trials envelope us and our loved ones. God chose to reveal Himself to Abraham as “His shield and great reward” at a time when  Abraham had to do battle with five kings who had abducted his family members along with their goods.  ( Genesis 15:1).   For others,  recurring financial issues might make us lose sight of the fact that God’s willingness to sacrifice Jesus for our sake, was a clear sign that He would never withhold anything that is good for us. I love the Passion translation of Romans 8:32 “For God has proved His love by giving us His greatest treasure, the gift of His Son. And since God freely offered Him up as the sacrifice for us all, He certainly won’t withhold from us anything else He has to give.”

I realize afresh that I can’t claim to trust God if that trust doesn’t bring me to a place of total rest. Rest comes when we no longer rely on what we can do for ourselves – rather we trust in what God alone can do (Hebrews 4:12 ).  It’s clear that its  focusing on the wrong thing that causes us to feel condemned and unworthy. A misplaced focus on ourselves: our track record (good or bad), abilities and  resources.  Because if our focus was God’s grace – His unlimited ability and His willingness to help us –  we would never waste hours and hours focusing on our weaknesses and failures!  Today I’m thankful for the fact that I can see with greater clarity that if I focus on His grace, I will live in a state of rest… the rest that comes only from fully trusting in Him.

What does it mean to fully trust? It means to have childlike trust and confidence. An unquestioning, carefree, trust. Jesus said we cannot enter the Kingdom unless we receive it like a child (Luke 18:17). Without childlike trust the benefits of Kingdom living – enjoying all that comes from being sons and daughters of the Most High will be alien to us.

I tend to analyze things over and over, trying to figure out how I will grow in Christlikeness or how a problem I’m facing will be solved. It’s clear I need to let go and let God work in His own way and His own time!  If you are like me, and want to put this futile, self-defeating behavior behind you, and enjoy the benefits that come from fully handing situations over to the Lord, then let’s pray this prayer together.

Dear Father, Thank you for your grace – your unlimited ability and willingness to transform us, and to help us deal with everything we are facing, inspite of ourselves. We want to enter Your rest today. We entrust all our issues, and challenges to You. May we enjoy Your love and experience Your help in a new way. May we rest in the promise that You will stay with us, provide for us, and fight for us. We ask this in Jesus Name. Thank you for your boundless love, limitless provision and matchless strength!

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Please rest..

    1. I agree. Perfect verse for this. Isaiah 30:15 in the NIV ” in quietness and trust is your strength!” This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.”

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