God rested

The scriptures say that God does not sleep nor slumber. (Ps 121:3) He does not grow weary or tired. “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable.” Isaiah 40:28

Yet in Genesis 2:1 it says that on day seven God rested from all His work.

So I looked up the definition of ‘rested’ in its original language. The Hebrew word means: REPOSE. Well now that means I have to go Webster because that is not a word we use often… I never use it.

Rest aka Repose means to desist from exertion, set something down unquestionably. That simply means to desist from exertion, put away sit down, to possess such faith/confidence in what you are doing that you can set it aside unquestionably in full trust that it will be there tomorrow. AND it not only means cessation of activity but it also implies a calmness, peace, poise, harmony, quiet-comfort.

Hmmmmm, all we feel when we quit working is tired. Then on the way to our car, we look at our calendars conveniently located next to our clock – all on the face of our cell phone for the next thing and we just keep moving. I think we may be… stupid.

God doesn’t get physically tired YET He stops.

We do get physically tired but we just keep on going – burning daylight and the midnight oil. WHY??

Something’s wrong with our culture because you know when we rest?

When we are exhausted. When we are overwhelmed.

We are not a people, or society, that remembers to step back in the midst of living and just enjoy the fruit of our labors. How sad. For us. Our children. Our spouses. Our faith.

O dear, here we are again… some of us (including myself apparently) must not be getting it because my study in Genesis is taking me right back to where we were earlier this month. “For thus the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said, “In repentance and rest you will be saved, In quietness and trust is your strength. But you were not willing, Isaiah 30:15

God had a plan. He had the ability to bring it to pass. He also possessed the wisdom to admire and enjoy the fruit of His labors.

“There is something else terribly unfair, and it troubles everyone on earth. God may give you everything you want—money, property, and wealth. Then God doesn’t let you enjoy it, and someone you don’t even know gets it all. That’s senseless and terribly unfair!

You may live a long time and have a hundred children. But a child born dead is better off than you, unless you enjoy life and have a decent burial. That child will never live to see the sun or to have a name… But it will still find more rest than you, even if you live two thousand years (you) don’t enjoy life.” Eccl 6:1-6a

WOW! We all have been given life. Yeah!!!

We all will one day face death. For me that’s a yeah!!! But I totally understand if some of you are not as excited about its imminence. :o)

In the middle of that – in the middle of living are you truly resting and appreciating the blessings God has graced you with: things yes, but especially the people?

I know I am going to need sleep. I know I am a human who doesn’t stand a chance catching the horsemen when I can’t keep up with someone on foot, BUT how sad if I disregard God’s creation and blessings.

If the omnipotent One thought His efforts on our behalf worthy of pausing;

if He stopped to allow His work to settle beautifully around us;

if He chose to sit in awe with peace and poise settling over Him…

then this fly by night chic needs TO SLOW DOWN AND CATCH THIS TRUTH: I am in desperate need of His empowering harmony and quiet-comfort God help this foolish child embrace Your promise. “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and LEARN from Me: for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you WILL find rest for your soulsFor My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matt 11:29

2 thoughts on “God rested

  1. This is so timely. Coming down from the mountain, I asked z what are we gunna do. He said, work like everyone else. I said, God has so much more for us. We need direction. We are not here to pay bills and die.

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    1. Right now you’re both right. There is more than work but Paul also had to make tents. And a man wants to provide and give his wife and family all he can. They were designed to provide and look ahead.

      So the question becomes are you both laying yourself out before the Lord, growing, resting, listening and waiting for a Word?

      God has more ahead for you both and He calls each of us out with a holy calling and gifts. But how, where and when He chooses to use them is His call. The painful truth and beauty in that – is that He won’t let us bail without some intense wrestling. (Former blog) And God doesn’t lose.

      He’s told me to hold what I’ve got, to stop, to move, to go but He has never said, ‘Okay, just joking… Do what you want.’

      I’ve never been paid for my call (and I was called in 1988) but there is a liberty in serving and taking orders from One.

      But a Lenny and I also quit caring about retirement and money when we went into ministry. (That doesn’t mean we didn’t pray alot about making ends meet, it just wasn’t our defining factor. Service defined our life, work was something we did to ensure we were able to serve.

      So just keep praying. After you’ve been thru a hard season, breathers and resets are often healthy and can also be a part of God’s plan. Sometimes unseen transitions occur that may make you feel like you’re going backwards, for instance: we never left a growing, loving healthy church to head off to minister to tiny, broken church and had our faith family say ‘Great idea! I totally understand!’ But God doesn’t ask for us to wait until others, or even we, understand. He just desires our eyes and heart be set in Him.

      I love y’all and will be praying with you as you wait. Never forget every morning is an invitation to walk with Him AND wherever you are is an opportunity to be His heart, Hands and Feet and share the Good News. He has a Plan A for you and your family He won’t let you miss it.

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