We make our giant to-do lists and hit the ground running. We think to ourselves….I will rest when I get this list completed, or I will rest when I make X amount of dollars, or I will rest when my house is clean.
We strive to accomplish much. We place incredible demands upon ourselves. We skip meals, we neglect our time of prayer, and we give until we have nothing left.
We fill our days with busyness and yearn for that time that comes when our to-do list becomes an all-done list. That feeling when we sit down and put our feet up after accomplishing much is an amazing one.
But what if…
What if we could have that peace WHILE we were diligently working on our list?
What if we learn from the Bible that God needs us to rest so that He can do the mighty work in us He needs to?
What if we are staying so busy and distracted trying to do it all ourselves and God is trying to tell us that it is already done?
I gave you a land for which you did not labor, and cities which you did not build, and you live in them; you eat from vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant. Joshua 24:13
God is working FOR us.
“Then it shall come about when the Lord your God brings you into the land which He swore (solemnly promised) to [give] your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—to give you, [a land with] great and splendid cities which you did not build, 11 and houses full of all good things which you did not fill, and hewn (excavated) cisterns (wells) which you did not dig out, and vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant, and you eat and are full and satisfied, 12 then [a]beware that you do not forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 13 You shall fear [only] the Lord your God; and you shall serve Him [with awe-filled reverence and profound respect] and swear [oaths] by His name [alone]. Deuteronomy 6:10-13
God is able to do these things when we are at rest. We do not have to earn the many blessings He has in store for us. He is our Heavenly Father and wants to take care of us! How humbling is that? He cares for us so much!
His only request is that we honor Him and give Him the glory for doing those mighty things.
Rest does not mean inactivity; We should not be sitting around eating bonbons and doing nothing. We can rest WHILE we work – and this resting is resting in the confidence of what God has already done for us. He tells us to labor (or make every effort) to enter into the rest of God.
Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest [of God, to know and experience it for ourselves], so that no one will fall by following the same example of disobedience [as those who died in the wilderness]. Hebrews 4:11
We should never be operating in worry, in fear, or with anxiety. We should not be struggling to make things happen. We are not designed to be stressed out all the time.
We need to learn to rest in the promise that He has handled everything that concerns us.
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God [set aside self-righteous pride], so that He may exalt you [to a place of honor in His service] at the appropriate time, 7 casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]. 1 Peter 5:6-7
God has done the healing. God has done the delivering. God has provided the prosperity.
When the lawyer ends his argument with “I rest my case”, we know that it is not because he is tired. We know that it is because he is finished; His point has been made. Therefore, should we not rest our case because we know that all of our needs have been met, we have been delivered, and we have been healed?
Lord, Father God, please forgive us for trying to do things in our own power. Help us to work hard on resting in Your promises. We know that our effort is nothing in comparison to the work of Your mighty hand. There is nothing You can’t do for us. We believe Your Word and the promise that You have already handled all of our concerns. We hand it over to you, casting all cares, and allowing You to take control. We thank You for it, in the Mighty Name of Jesus, Our Savior. AMEN