Saturday, July 7, 2012
Welcome to Day 188 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Hosea 10:12, “Break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes…”
Hosea 11: 8 “My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused. 9 I will not carry out my fierce anger, nor will I devastate Ephraim again. For I am God, and not a man—the Holy One among you. I will not come against their cities. 10 They will follow the Lord…”
Hoseea 12:6, “You must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always.”
Psalm 73:28, “But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge…”
Hebrews 4:3, “Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said… Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest…”
This passage in Hebrews speaks to us on many levels… Resting from working for our salvation, and, finding a place of rest in this world. Not striving. Free from performance. Letting God work through us…
Easier said than done, but I can tell you I’m making progress in this area.
I am more at rest than ever. Finding a place of rest, internally, in this world.
It’s not speaking of taking a nap, or sleeping well at night. This is about resting in the salvation God has provided. To cease from striving. Not being wound up internally.
It’s like saying, “peace is not the absence of war.” We can be at peace regardless of our circumstances. We can know God’s rest.
No matter what Israel did, God’s unfailing love was there waiting for them. His heart was and is always to restore them to himself. All he ever wanted was for them to want Him as their king. He wanted a people he could care for.
He rested from his work after creation. He took a day off. But this speaks more toward my attitude every day. If I am not at rest six days a week, then take a day off, that’s not rest.
It’s being a rest day in and day out. Regardless of my circumstances. Having a certainty that God is with me, that he is for me. That he is good to me. All the time. Resting in that. In spite of what I see. In spite of the chaos of life. In spite of a negative diagnosis that the doctor could give, or the condition of my finances.
It takes work to enter that rest… How ironic.
“Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest…” Rest doesn’t come easily. It takes turning down the volume in our lives. Tuning into him. Hearing his voice. Listening to what he has to say about us.
Lord, I thank you for the rest you provide. Help me to enter into that rest.