Hi and welcome to Day 17 of my series about developing an awareness of God's presence! You can refer back to Day 1 if you'd like to know my backstory for the series.
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Today, we are going to talk about resting in God.
That's right. Rest.
“Rest” is a word that busy people tend to think of as almost sacrilegious.
I used to be one of those people. Then I experienced hiddenness for the first time.
“Hiddenness” is a season in your life when you haven't done anything wrong, but you suddenly feel like your antenna is turned off. It's one of God's ways to let you practice what you've been learning. You get to find out by experience if you will trust God based on His Word, or not.
When I went through hiddenness for the first time, I didn't pass the test very well. So I got to take that test again, and again, and again over the next several years.
Until I finally decided that I was going to trust God, even when I didn't see “why” I was going through so much trouble. I didn't understand. But I decided to trust Him, because He is trustworthy.
Deciding that you're going to trust God and let Him work on your behalf, no matter how you feel, is called “resting in God.”
God wants you to rest in Him.
Your Father is very good at taking care of you. You are His beloved child. You don't have to worry and strive all the time to get what He has in store for your future.
It's true that personal choices are essential in reaching your destiny (Philippians 3:12-15). But there is a difference between making the choices that God wants you to make (that will bring you into your destiny) and striving in your spirit to try to get something.
Striving in your spirit produces anguish, worry, hopelessness, and feelings of inadequacy.
Your destiny has already been prepared for you. If you will rest in God and follow Him faithfully, you will achieve it.
First Peter 1:4 in the Amplified Bible says that you were “[Born anew] into an inheritance which is beyond the reach of change and decay [imperishable], unsullied and unfading, reserved in heaven for you, who are being guarded (garrisoned) by God’s power through [your] faith [till you fully inherit that final] salvation that is ready to be revealed [for you] in the last time.”
Related: Read my series “Rest In God, Reach Your Destiny” here!
Your inheritance is beyond the reach of change and decay. It's unsullied and unfading. You are being guarded by God's power through faith.
Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
God has already prepared all the good works of your life. So your job is to rest in Him. (Read Hebrews chapters 1-4 for a full description of how God wants us to rest.)
Your assignment for Day 17:
- Identify something in your life that you've been striving for and worrying about.
- Then spend some time with your Heavenly Father today, and give the burden for that thing over to Him. [Matthew 11:28: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”]
- Ask Him to help you rest in Him, and trust Him.
- Whenever you think about that thing today, or start to worry, just turn your thoughts toward Him.
- Thank Him for having already finished that good work in your life. Ask Him to manifest whatever it is that He has already done on your behalf.
And you will have rest!