What does it mean to rest in God? A complete submission to and reliance on Jesus.
Return unto your rest, O my soul!
(Edward Griffin, 1770-1837)
“Return unto your rest, O my soul–for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.” Psalm 116:7
To rest in God, is . . .
to be satisfied with Him as our portion,
to take Him for our supreme good, and
to feel that we have enough and abound while possessing Him–though everything else is taken away.
“Give me,” says the believer, “the enjoyment of my God–and I desire no more. Allow me to feast on heavenly truth–and I shall never complain that I am poor. Let worldlings divide the globe among themselves–let emmets contend for this little heap of dust; I have God–and I ask no more. Come wars and pestilence, come poverty and death–you cannot rob me of my portion.”
Must it not be substantial rest . . .
to have the infinite God for a portion,
to have all the restless desires of the mind composed,
to feel no anxious apprehension for the future,
to know that if everything which time or death can destroy, were removed–the whole of one’s portion would remain;
to feel that nothing can injure, nothing impoverish, nothing perplex or disturb?
Ah, give me this portion–instead of thrones and kingdoms!
“Whom have I in Heaven but You? And earth has nothing I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever!” Psalm 73:25-26
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Is this the rest you experience in Jesus? Allow Him to be your rest today.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001