Entering into God’s Rest

100_0868 As a woman who had dedicated my life in serving Christ right where I am, the many needs of others can often crowd out my time in needing to be alone with my Father God.  So, I have found it crucial and beneficial to carve out time in my day, to spend alone in His presence, where I know I will not be disturbed.

We all have things we have to do in our days; cleaning, cooking, caring for children, grandchildren, aging parents, meetings, careers, volunteer activities, reading lists, family duties, events to attend, persons to contact, ministering, etc.

Often in the busyness of life, I have discovered the necessity in taking daily respite in quieting myself in the presence of my Lord as it is He who fills me with a rest that only comes from Him, where I enter into a place of known solitude.

These spaces where solitude is created, often speaks volumes to my inner being, soothing me in places that require rest.

I have come to greet my early morning times with the Lord in eager anticipation, to be with Him again, to spend time in Him alone, to take inside me, His presence, His voice, His life He freely offers to me each day.

Our Father God longs to give us periods of rest in this life. Rest from worry. Rest from anxiety. Rest from doubt. Rest from wondering. Rest from the struggle. Rest from resisting. Rest from the many activities of life.

Taking opportunity to find these bursts of rest has become important and vital for my well-being, along with assisting in developing my spiritual maturity. I have made it an intentional practice to begin my days in quiet, in stillness, in a reverence in simply being with the Lord, open and willing to listen to His voice.

I often turn to scriptures in the early morning hours in these times and it is in these inspired words I hear His voice speak wisdom, finding encouragement, guidance, direction, and a strength that enters inside me.  These words have become the Living Word of Christ’s resurrected life who is alive and at work in my humanity, touching my heart by the Master’s love.

I have found, when I know His promises are for me in my present day, I gain a substance that is real, and I have learned to depend on His written truth, along with relying on the wisdom in the Holy Spirit’s teaching and instructing me in the ways of Christ’s righteousness, meditating and marinating in them.

Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

In order to discover the depth of rest the Lord brings to us, we need to stop our running about, and take opportunity to get alone with him, to close our eyes and set with him, lifting our hearts before Him, right where we are, turning off all noise and ceasing from any business, and simply be with Him in those moments.

It becomes necessary for our spirits to gain energy for our activities, to take this needed time, a respite of sorts, to be alone in the Lord’s presence on a daily basis, even several times a day if we can, to create these sacred spaces in our lives, where all activity is ceased and we become present and mindful of who the Lord is.

It becomes important in our faith walk to make these uninterrupted sacred spaces where we can turn our full concentrated attention on our Lord, meditating on His goodness, soaking in His love, being in a holy union in communing in Him, as He provides us with a deep source of strength and inner peace, giving us motivation to continue in our days, in our realization He is always with us.

For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

When we read and meditate on scriptures, the Holy Spirit quickens to us, in those places deep within us, those words, spiritually binding them in us, in a way that is near, that bears true, that brings forth His life in us.  His Spirit soothes and places a holy balm of healing in our person as the Word becomes alive in us.

There is a spiritual connection with all His promises for us, and they become food for our souls, where each day we eat from God’s manna, from the bread of life, and find He is the source of our inner being, where we discover a peace that is lasting as we enter into these periods of rest in the midst of our days that can often be filled with business and needy people.

Jesus has promised us His peace, the peace that passes understanding that is an experiential reality in knowing Him. “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.” (John 14:27)

Dear brothers and sisters, take opportunity, right where you are, to find these spaces in your life, setting apart dedicated time where you know you will be uninterrupted, to go into a room and close the door, and be with your heavenly Father who loves you with an everlasting love and allow His Spirit to renew, refresh, and fill you with His rest, His peace, and His consistent love, where you can discover the richness found in the deep things of God as He draws you nearer to His bosom.

Rest in Him today and enter into His peace, knowing our God will always remain true to Himself, Faithful to His word, and He will be an ever steady source of all we could possible desire or need in this life.

 

Lorraine Taylor – Lay Minister

 

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