Release, Or Rest While Waiting

The Scriptures are full of comforting and mighty promises, all from a powerful, compassionate God who does not lie. Here is one that never fails to give me hope and peace. It is Ps. 25:15. “My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only He will release my feet from the snare.”

So many snares in this fallen world… So many trials and heartaches that try to hold us captive… When we are tossed about; when we are discouraged, seeing no end in sight; when we just absolutely cannot figure out what went wrong or how to fix it; when we cannot raise the paraplegic up off his bed of confinement; when we can’t seem to mend another’s broken heart… we are told in God’s Word to keep our eyes on Him. We are told to wait on Him. We are told to take hope in His Word. We are told to pray and not faint. We are told to persevere.

Will we do this? Will we obey? Will we keep a steady trust in God, the kind that remains calm when the roar of the avalanche thunders toward us? When it sweeps us off our feet? When we find ourselves engulfed beneath its heavy, smothering, killing weight? When the rescue is delayed and we cannot see any way out? Dear suffering one, even in this, there is a place, hollowed out by His sheltering hand, where we are invited to wait it out, where we are given a banqueting table, where we are given fellowship with Him. There we quietly say, “Oh Lord, ‘I will take refuge in the shadow of Your wings until the disaster has passed.'” (Ps. 57:1) This is the faith rest that pleases God.

Heb. 11:6 says that without faith it is impossible to please God. Yes, this feels unfair and disheartening sometimes. Because we are tempted to fear, tempted to wallow in self-pity, feeling it’s in our right to complain and grumble. But aren’t these some of the very sins which kept a whole generation out of the Promised Land? (Num. 14:23,27-30)

May we not imitate them. May we instead trust God. Let’s keep our eyes focused straight on Him and turn a deaf ear to the noise of Fear. We are told to never be afraid. Even if the world blows up and the mountains crumble into the sea. (Ps. 46:2) Even if someone is trying to kill us. (Luke 12:4) Even if there be tens of thousands drawn up against us on every side. (Ps. 3:6) Instead we can say, “I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.” (v. 5)

This is rest. The rest, the calm assurance, the trust –that only He can bring. It is God’s peace that transcends far beyond all human understanding… guarding our hearts and minds through our union with Christ. (Phil. 4:7)

So, “Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in Him, for He shields him all day long, and the one the LORD loves rests between His shoulders.” (Deut. 33:12) Like a little lamb carried over the strong, kind shoulders of our Good Shepherd. (Isa. 40:11, John 10:1-18, Luke 15:5)

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life… Do not be afraid, little flock…” (Jesus in Luke 12:22,32) “‘Do not fear… for I Myself will help you,’ declares the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” (Isa. 41:13,14) Yes, “Come to Me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Jesus in Matt. 11:28)

These are His beautiful promises… life-changing promises for those who take ahold of them in trust… for those who come to Him daily, throwing down their worries, fears, heartaches, and sufferings right there at His triumphant, sea-walking, nail-scarred feet.

Do it.
You will find rest.



~ by smilesback on September 29, 2009.

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