Sunday, July 03, 2011

Rest in the Lord

 7Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
 8Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
 9For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.
 10For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. 

Rest in the Lord
Rest in the Lord! More beautiful words have not been spoken! In a time when life scurries by at an astronomical pace, we hardly know the meaning of the word, "rest." Yet, that is exactly what David, the psalmist bids us do. Not an ounce of our worry will achieve anything; all of our busyness is fruitless. In the realm of eternity, only what is done for Christ will last.

Does that mean that God does not care for anything that has to do with this world? Of course not! What it means is that God, who created this world, has everything under control. All of the events of this life have been planned even before the world began. Nothing happens apart from God's almighty power and control. He has determined this world's end even before it began!

Our normal response to this life, however, is caught up in worry and distress, especially in view of the wickedness which seems to prevail on all sides. Yet, the wicked do not seem to be moved; their path seems sure, and their successes seem to be unlimited.

David carefully advises the righteous to turn their eyes away from the ways of the wicked. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. Instead, he looks beyond the present time, and considers their end. For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.

But, what of the righteous? . . . but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.

Rest in the Lord! It is good advice, is it not? The wicked, who seem to control the earth, do so for only a short time; in the end, it is the righteous who will inherit the earth! 

What an amazing God we serve!

God Bless You,
Linda

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your spiritual work.

Linda Croft said...

God is so very good! I appreciate your encouragement.

Linda

Anonymous said...

Bless you sister! You are right on. Keep praying diligently that God will open the eyes of christians everywhere to the scripture in Hebrews 4:9 "There remaineth a rest to the people of God" When we begin to seek that and die to our ways, He takes control and will begin an end-time revival. First in us, then the world.