Have you experienced being in the “rest of God”? What does that mean and how does that feel? How do we “rest in God” when we are so overwhelmed and feel so lost? Well, if you are struggling, you are not alone. I myself have days of depression and despair. I have those days of wondering why on earth I am here and what is my purpose?
And, then, I remember the Word that says, ” And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8: 28
This is not man’s word. This is God’s word. I am loved. I do have a purpose. You are loved and you do have a purpose.
Now, that brings us straight to faith. We have to have faith to know and believe this message in our lives. Through faith, we can “rest in God”. Today, I heard Joyce Meyer talk about “wishing for faith” and she was so right! You can’t “wish for more faith” anymore than you can “wish for a new job” or “wish for a college degree”. You have to work at it! It takes determination, discipline and study!
What else can we do to “rest in God”?
Get in God’s word. Start with the Gospels – or a devotional like “The Upper Room”! I love Corinthians, Ephesians and Galatians! Don’t get discouraged if you begin to read and don’t understand – He knows that! Say to God – I don’t understand – Help me understand! Pray for discernment! He will answer you – “His eyes search the earth for those who love Him.” – “His ears are attentive to their prayers.” All powerful messages from God. (How will you ever know what He wants you to hear if you don’t read and study?)
Surround yourself with people who love you. People who care for you and encourage you. People who make you feel alive and have your same values. “Encourage one another and build each other up” 1 Thessalonians 5: 11
Be still, meditate, and listen for God’s voice. Some call it intuition. Some call it the conscious while others call it “an inner voice”. I call it “The Counselor – the Holy Spirit” sent to guide us in all we do.
Journal your thoughts as you travel this journey. Write down when you KNOW God has spoken to you. Read and re-read it when you feel alone.
When someone is kind to you – how does that make you feel inside? A sure cure for the “blues” is to get up and do something for somebody else! When you are kind to someone – what is that feeling?
Well, I call that feeling – being in the “rest of God”. I have tasted it. I know how it feels. And, I know it is real.
So, being human as I am, when I get lost in the days and weeks – and forget my purpose and fall into the “job” and “tasks” of life, – I remember His promise to each of us – ” And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
Love Him and offer yourself to fulfill His purpose. Then, rest well in God.