Sunday, July 22, 2018

Resting But Not Lazy

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people
of God; for anyone who enters God's rest also 
rests from his own work, just as God did from
his.  Hebrews 4: 9-10

It is this resting from their own work which many
Christians cannot understand. They think of it as
a state of passive and selfish enjoyment, of still
contemplation which leads to the neglect of the
duties of life, and undermines watchfulness and
warfare to which Scripture calls.

Yet, this is an entire misunderstanding of God's call
to rest. As the Almighty, God is the only source of
power. In nature He works all. In grace He waits to
work all too, if man will but consent and allow.
Truly to rest in God is to yield oneself up to the
highest activity. We work, because He works in us
to will and to do.

As Paul says of himself, "I labor, striving according
to His working who works in me with might" which
literally means "agonizing according to His energy
who energizes me with might. Entering the rest of
God is the ceasing from self-effort, and the yielding
up oneself in the full surrender of faith to God's work-

How many Christians are there who need nothing so
much as rightly  to apprehend this word. Their life is
one of earnest effort and ceaseless struggling. They
do long to do God's will, and to live to His glory. Con-
tinued failure and bitter disappointment is their too
frequent experience. Very often as the result they give
themselves up to a feeling hopelessness: it never will
be otherwise. Theirs is truly the wilderness life--they
have not entered into God's rest.

Would that God might open their eyes, and show them
Jesus as our Joshua, who has entered into God's pre-
sense, who sits upon the throne as High Priest, bring-
ing us in living union with Himself into that place of
rest and of love, and, by His Spirit within us, making
that life of heaven a reality and an experience.
Andrew Murray  1828-1917 His work was in South
Africa. The biography below is excellent. Murray is
one of my favorite authors!

Reader, learning to rest in God can take a lifetime!
or not...

Murray's prayer:
"May not a single moment of my life be spent outside
the life, love and joy of God's presence. And not a
moment without the entire surrender of myself as a
vessel for Him to fill full of His Spirit and His love."

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