Friday, July 4, 2008

Rest!

"'Not by might nor power, but by my Spirit,' says the Lord Almighty." (Zech. 4:6).

If you're anything like me, there is a tendency when things get hectic or I'm in the middle of a battle to forget that I am resting in God's strength and sufficiency alone. We get tempted to do things in our own strength, and when we carry that out we often don't see God's intended outcomes for our life in any situation.

I read that familiar scripture today and it reminded me of His incredible strength and ability, and our lack of it when we rely on our human limitations.

Anything worthwhile is accomplished soley through the spirit of God operating within us and around us, and we can rest today knowing that He is at work in our lives -- leveling the mountains and making our crooked places straight before us.

I would encouage each of you who read this today to be consistent in the daily disciplines that allow you to see God's power and strength in your life. Read your Bible. Keep your mind renewed. Don't neglect your prayer time and those moments of the day specifically set aside for hearing His voice and following after His direction.

God does want to do great things in and through our lives, but it truly is not by might or power, but by His Spirit.

Part of this is just resting in Him, and surrendering our will completely to Him. The picture that some have used to describe this would be a baby resting in the arms of its mother.

Lately, that's the way I've had to imagine it. When my thoughts try to return to worry or the struggle, I simply have to picture myself resting in His arms like a baby, knowing that He is supremely concerned with my life and my needs, knowing that He is truly working all things out for good and that His ways are higher than ours.

Even in those times when we when we don't understand everything going on around us, we can rest knowing it's all in His plan and He will ultimately get glory out of our particular situations and lives.

So today you can rest. Know that no matter what you're facing, God is for you and nothing can throw off the great plan He has for your life (Prov. 21:30). When we realize that we can do nothing apart from His love and power operating in our lives, it's actually very freeing. And it's the 4th of July, so let's be free. We don't have to worry or struggle, but we can know that His power is made perfect in whatever weakness we may have and we can rest in the knowledge that He's at work getting everything prepared in our lives.

1 comment:

  1. John!
    Great thoughts expressed here.
    In addition, see John 16:13: The Holy Spirit "will guide us into all truth."

    Keep up the good work.
    Alan
    http://zbizpro.blogspot.com

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