“So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God….so let us do our best to enter that rest.” (Hebrews 4:9-10 – NLT)
From a Biblical perspective the word “resting” is one of the most important words for a follower of Jesus to understand. Because of His death, burial and resurrection, we can now enter into a rest that wasn’t possible before the cross.
Matter of fact, resting is more than a word, it is a principle. Grace allows us to enter a rest that enables us to say “it is ok” when things seem to be falling apart all around us. It is an inner rest that God gives us when we are in the midst of circumstances that we can’t change or fix.
Resting is an act of trust and absolute dependence upon the Lord. It is trusting that He will lead and guide you during and through a crisis. It is the act of placing you “in mid-air.” You have nothing to stand on or hold onto but HIM.
I have heard many well meaning believers say to someone who was going through the fire, “ God won’t put on you more than you are able to bear.” That’s not true, God will sometimes allow things to come our way that is more than we can bear. It may even throw us into a state of despair. We may even feel that God has forsaken us and thrown us under the bus. But we must remember that all of God’s brush strokes on the canvas of our life are necessary to complete us, His masterpiece.
In 1 Corinthians Paul addresses how to deal with various temptations, specifically the temptation not to trust God. The implication is that when troubles/temptations come our way, instead of letting them defeat us and send us into despair, we are to look for the way of escape. Notice what Paul says in the passage.
“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” ( 1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT)
This scripture is not saying that you will be delivered from the problem, but it teaches us that in the problem “he will show you a way out so you can endure.” The emphasis is not necessarily deliverance from the problem all together, but a way to endure while in the midst of the problem.
Resting is about trusting God in the midst of your turmoil. Do I ever pray for out-right deliverance? Yes, absolutely. But I realize that sometimes God’s greater purpose is not a miraculous deliverance but a test to see if I will practice “resting” and trust Him.
Resting is about three things:
1. Can I trust God to see me through this crisis if my circumstances don’t change? Am I willing to take my hands off the situation and wait on God to give me His solution? (The Lord really does have the best solution.)
2. Is Christ enough? At salvation we have been given the life of Christ. We also have been given the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16 ). So learn to wait on God, trusting that He can give us “His mind” about the matter and it will be the perfect solution. Maybe the greater miracle is not solving the sitution, but the work He does in your heart.
3. Can I lay down my dreams, desires and plans at Jesus’ feet and learn to rest? This is the real issue here. Will I trust Him enough to surrender every aspect of my life to His control and guidance?
God’s intended purpose in teaching us to rest is getting us to the point of surrender and abandonment. Are we willing to allow the Lord to do anything with us, to us, for us and through us?
I am reminded of an old gospel song written by a singer, song writer Lanny Wolfe over 40 years ago entitled “Whatever It Takes”. I have included a YouTube link below to the Lanny Wolfe Trio singing the song. I know it’s an old style of music, not the comtemporay style of today, but listen closely to the words of the song. If you are passionate about your walk with the Lord, I believe this song will bless you. I like to think that the words of this song is the prayer for my life.