Tag: Rest

Still Waters 

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In this fast moving world, one hardly has time to think straight. It’s no wonder so many people’s lives resemble an old pinball machine; bouncing from one problem to another, never stopping long enough to get help or find out how to change the course they’re on.

The only time they stop is when they slip past the flippers or the machine gets tilted. 

By then it’s game over, better luck next time; only there’s never a next time.

We only get to do this thing called life once. Just once.

That’s why we need to learn to slow down and make time for honest reflection. Time to ask ourselves the questions that really matter.

Questions like:

1. Where’s my life headed?

2. Is there life after death?

3. Am I prepared to die?

4. Why am I here in the first place?

5. Why do I keep doing things that bring destruction?

Time for reflection.

Time to look into the mirror and see ourselves the way others see us.

And possibly, the way God sees us.

Have you ever gotten up early, driven to a lake, and walked along the bank while looking into the calm, glass-like water? If you look close enough, and at the right angle, you’ll see your own reflection.

Interesting thing about a reflection; it never lies. It shows you the way you really are, not the way you think you are or the way people say you are.

You and I may not like the reflection, but that’s just how things are. Want to change the image? The reflection shows what needs to be worked on.

A lot of people never take time to reflect because they know what they’ll see and they don’t want to face it. I’ve been there before.

I hated what I had become. 

But God, like the Good Shepherd He is, led me beside the still waters. He led me to the place of reflection. The place of seeing myself the way others see me; the way God saw me.

And I hated what I saw. 

But it was the first step toward restoration. For at the place of still waters, the place of reflection, is where He restored my soul.

Like the Psalmist said, “He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul” (Psalm 23:2-3 ESV); my soul began to be restored at the place of reflection.

Beside the still waters. 

Now, when I pull aside from my busyness, from bouncing from one problem to the next, and take time to reflect, my strength is renewed and my vision and hope restored.

I can run and not be weary, and walk without fainting. All because of the rest and reflection beside the still waters.

How about you? Can you stop long enough, and often enough, to reflect on your life? Ask yourself questions and listen to your answers? Have a conversation with the Lord and allow Him to really direct your steps?

Life won’t allow you the time reflect; you must make the time. If not, something’s going to break and then you’ll have plenty of time but it may be too late.

Think about it and remember this passage from Isaiah: “…they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31 ESV).

A Package Deal

40 Days of Promises

Day Twelve. Rest and Jesus; a package deal.

“Praise the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the wonderful promises he gave through his servant Moses.” (1 Kings 8:56 NLT)

“Has given rest…” is fulfilled in His Son, Jesus. He is our rest; our rest from trying to measure up, but always falling short. He is our rest in the midst of trying situations. He is our rest, for the rest of eternity.

Not one word has, or will, fail.

“Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope.” (Psalm 16:9 NKJV)

Where is your flesh resting? In worry, in fear? Why not let it rest in hope?

“Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.” (Psalm 37:7 NKJV)

We all give ourselves reasons to fret. The word gives us reasons to rest in the Lord.

Why should we spend our time waiting patiently for something bad to happen to us? You know, we sometimes do that. We’re just certain the sky’s going to fall in, or something.

Fretting is waiting for our worries to come to pass. Resting is waiting for God to have the final word.

“But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 NKJV)

Better than a power nap, waiting on the Lord renews our strength. If you need to mount up with eagle’s wings and fly, rest in the Lord. If you are involved in a race (and who isn’t at some point in time), then rest in the Lord.

His rest calms and rejuvenates your spirit. It makes you more sensitive to His voice; His direction.

Peace is a favorite companion of rest.

Enjoy the promise of rest.

Enjoy it as you seek the Lord with your whole heart.

Rest and Jesus. They’re a package deal.

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Rest and Contentment

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Rest and contentment.

There remains therefore a rest for the people of God (Hebrews 4:9 NKJV)

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.“ So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me”.(Hebrews 13:5 – 13:6 NKJV)

Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content (1 Timothy 6:6 – 6:8 NKJV)

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 NKJV)

But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength… (Isaiah 40:31 NKJV)

Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him… (Psalm 37:7 NKJV)

…for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content. (Philippians 4:11 NKJV)

Rest and contentment.
Really kind of hard to have one without the other.

Rest and contentment.
Content to let the Master’s grace cover, empower, establish, provide, and defend.

Rest and contentment.
A matter of trust, of total abandonment to “not my will, but Thine be done”.

Rest and contentment.
Waiting and listening, ready to obey the Master’s next command.

Rest and contentment.
For all those who live in the Master’s House.

Rest and contentment.
Casting all of one’s cares upon the Master.

Sure, there are plenty of reasons to worry, to pace and fret. But those reasons are greatly diminished for the one who has rest and contentment.

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