Friday, May 8, 2015

We Rest So that He Can Work

"1Then Naomi her mother in law said unto her, My daughter, shall I not seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee? " (Ruth 3: 1)

In Hebrew "Naomi" means "pleasant".

It pleases God when we trust Him, and we take Him at His Word to rest, that all will go well for us.

Why can we trust Him? Because He gave us His Son:

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11: 28)

This verse is not completely accurate. It literally reads: "I will rest you."

He is our rest, for He works within us:

"12Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure." (Philippians 2: 12-13)

Why was it so difficult for us to believe that He is at work?

For  me, the problem was that I saw him as too small.

"15Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 20And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven." (Colossians 1: 15-20)

We rest also because He is our life:

"1If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory." (Colossians 3: 1-4)

Why we can trust that the Lord is taking care of all things? Because of Jesus!

"hat shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8: 31-32)

We see Him as big enough to carry all things, and therefore we find ourselves able to cast all cares on Him (1 Peter 5: 6-7)

We rest because He lives and moves about us. We rest so that He can work!

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