A Resting Place!
So much about living as a Disciple of Christ Jesus involves taking action and participation in what the Holy Spirit leads us to ‘do’.
But we should not become so consumed with doing that we forget that the scripture tells us that there is a resting place, in our walk with the Master.
Pull up a chair and sit for a while…
Note from Kip,
The Lord is my shepherd; I have what I need.
He lets me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside quiet waters.
He renews my life; he leads me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Psalms 23:1-3 (CSB)
When I began Selah Musings, it was an outgrowth of my personal devotions. At the time I was caught up in a marvelous sense of discovery and revelation. I was at the then and still now, being blessed with and seeing God’s fulfillment of what He promises in His word.
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Romans 10:17 (NKJV)
It was my heart’s desire to share these blessings with others and given the fact that I’ve had a career in technology with ample exposure to websites, doing a spiritual blog made perfect sense.
In doing so, I hoped to provide a place where people could stop, rest and consider God’s messages to our daily lives as Disciples of Christ Jesus. I selected the name Selah Musings because Selah is used in scripture to provide a point of rest or pause and musings are focused provocations of thought.
The name gave to me a sense of resting in the comfort that can only be found by being at peace with the Creator and abiding in His will for our lives.
What started this devotional this morning was the following passage.
I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will never be shaken.
Psalms 62:1-2 (CSB)
Nothing else is required. In God alone, we find our rest. Yesterday we talked about rocks and here is another reference to God as our rock and stronghold. He is our salvation.
Jesus tells us in Matthew,
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28 (CSB)
Let me suggest something that is a radical concept in today’s world. Jesus has the expectation that we will find rest in Him. The CSB version of the scripture has no fewer than 314 occurrences of the word ‘rest’. The radical concept here is, God fully intends that we ‘rest’ in Him and if we are not then we are doing something wrong!
If our experience as Disciples of Christ is nothing more than a series of event and activities then we have missed something that Jesus fully intends us to take advantage of, His rest.
With over three hundred references to rest in the scripture, we don’t have time or space to cover all of them. I’m not even going to attempt to, but it’s not just rest that is part of this desire Christ has for us.
I’m big on the Great Commission and the need for each of us to be Christ’s Disciple, but Jesus wants us to rest in His grace, be at peace with His providence, and take comfort in the assurance that He is in control and there is nothing that can take us away from that love and grace that He is constantly pouring out on us, each and every moment.
Remain in me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me.
John 15:4 (CSB)
Other translations will use the word ‘abide’ in place to remain here. We’ve talked in the past about the concept of the True Vine and how this isn’t just a loose attachment it is us taking nothing else into consideration but clinging to that vine.
Everything else around us will not matter if we are holding fast to that vine and drawing all our nourishment from that vine. I’d suggest you could successfully side another word in place there and that is ‘rest’.
Rest in me and I in you.
If this were not so He wouldn’t have told us, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” back in Matthew 28:11 (CSB).
Yes, there is a constant call to action to ‘go’ and spread the Good News, to ‘be’ light and salt, to “Seek and save” the lost, to love and to forgive all as Christ does us.
But if we find ourselves weary from our toil then I’d suggest our grip on that true vine has loosened a bit in our pursuit of ‘doing’ the will of God. It just might be the case that we’ve established some operational parameters that we insist we must conform to in order to be in compliance with the call by Jesus for us to ‘Take up your cross daily and follow me’!
We can become too busy taking up that we forget the next two verses after Jesus tells everyone who is weary to come to Him and He will provide us with His rest says,
Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:29-30 (CSB)
So yes, Jesus calls us to act but within His call to action for us, He’s provided His rest. Rest for our souls. So we will not be weary. So that we might not be worried about tomorrow. So that we can live today in Him, and for Him, allowing His Love and Grace to flow from us to all.
Don’t make light of this rest. We will not be the Disciples Jesus calls us to be if we do not abide, resting in His Word, Grace, and Peace.
Because it is in Him that we find “A Resting Place!”