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Rest assured God will take care of it

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"For all who enter God’s rest will rest from their labors just as God rested after creating the world." (Hebrews 4:10, NLT)

A friend sent a message when her conference-speaking, travel itinerary was disrupted. "Lost luggage, missed flight, can’t call. Different country, different language, and people waiting to hear. What do you do?"

Many travelers become impatient — even irate — when travel plans are interrupted. Some demand action from the gate agent or voice their frustration to other passengers. However, my friend did what she regularly practices; she talked with the Lord about it. His words calmed her anxiety but also gave her insight about what she was to do. "Don’t be anxious," God spoke to her spirit. "You have done all you can do. This is a good time to rest. Resting is not necessarily stopping. Resting can be done while you are doing. Make the most of your time and rest."

As she rested, God assured her He was in control and would not put anything on her that she could not handle. "You have done your part. I have been doing my part without you seeing what is going on. Don’t worry! You will make contact and get where you are going right on time."

She trusted God’s plan, so she was able to enter into God’s rest while He directed schedules, people and circumstances that affected her. Jesus gives everyone a personal invitation to come to His place of rest.

"Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light." (Matthew 11:28-30, NLT)

When we face anxious situations or strive through a relational problem, taking Jesus’ yoke upon us doesn’t sound like a viable rescue plan to our natural mind. However, getting into the yoke with Jesus places us in the spiritual position to learn of His love and remedy for our situation. My scri ptural journey to experience God’s rest inspired many pages of notes and weeks of journaling personal revelation. Meditating on Hebrews 3 and 4 challenged my ability to communicate the rewards of ceasing from our labors to enter His rest within the space of this short devotional. My solution was to do what I had learned—enter His rest and get His answer.

God said, "Keep it simple, tell another story." He then told me which story.

For years, I walked and prayed with a Godly friend during her difficulties with a troubled daughter. The problems escalated so drastically that she considered extreme legal action. In solitude with God, she received a clear word, "Stand, and do nothing!" He directed her to Hebrews 4:10-11 and over many weeks she walked in peace. "I am steadfastly obeying God and I’ve ceased from my own efforts to change things," she said. "I have such faith that God will take care of it all."

Extreme physical and emotional challenges did not move her from her place of rest. Suddenly, every necessary change that seemed impossible in the natural began to happen and her life has been transformed by God’s supernatural answer to her problem.

God’s rest is a spiritual place where we learn to hear His word for us and lean on Him in trust. Unbelief, disobedience and strife through human labor prevent us from entering. While the enemy seeks to arrest us in fear and unbelief, all of heaven is waiting to defend us and join forces with the only action that takes us into His rest—the action of faith and trust.

Lack of trust prevents us from receiving God’s best for our lives. In God’s rest, tasks become manageable and even the atmosphere changes. We are refreshed, recharged and empowered to remain steadfast as He does His good and perfect work in our lives.

This Week

Pull away from commotion. Read the fourth chapter of Hebrews and let your soul acquiesce as you settle into His rest.

Prayer

"Lord, I see that Your rest is all about trusting you. I choose to cease my own labor that keeps me from entering the rest You designed. In faith, I will partner with You and take Your yoke that is light and easy. I will learn of You and find rest for my soul."


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