Here is a devotional I written last January.  I think it is fitting for me to post this one up with the new year right around the corner.  Enjoy!

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This is what the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.

       Where is the house you will build for me?  Where will my resting place be?

                                                                                            Isaiah 66:1

 

As the new year, is upon us, many are making new year resolutions to live out better lives.  Most of these intentions are good and pleasing to the Lord, as it is His will for us to have “life more abundantly” (John 10:10), and for the desires of our hearts to be fulfilled (Ps 37:4).  However, in our efforts to make positive changes to our lives, many of us have equated the “abundant life” of Christ with doing more–becoming more active, more productive, and more busy.

Though diligence and excellence are biblical values and are to be commended, I am afraid, that in our modern-day living, most of us have forgotten what it means to rest.  Most of us do not know what it means for our beings to become the resting place for God.

The abundant life that God wants to give us requires us to be at rest in Him.  “Resting in God” is not just something we agree with theologically or doctrinally in our minds, but it is a reality that we must experience in our daily walk.

It appears illogical that abundance would flow from rest, but it is true!  As we position ourselves to rest, we are actually providing a place where God can rest as well.  All along, it has been God’s desire to rest in us!  When we are at rest, God can rest in us.  When we are not at rest and busily going about our activities in the flesh, it is difficult for God to possess us fully.

The place of rest is the place of intimate fellowship with God, of deep communion with Him.  When God finds His resting place (us) on the earth, His presence will manifest and inhabit the house (our lives).  This is what Jesus means when He says that we are “the light of the world” (Matt 5:14).  The light shining from within us is the glorious presence of God at rest in our being. 

So, in this new year, it may be wisdom, for some of us, to seek to “do less” instead of doing more, and to rest, and become a resting place for Him.  We should pursue this simply because He desires to rest.

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