Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways: Unto whom I swore in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.(Psalm 95:10-11)
Restlessness must give anyone a serious concern about which urgent cure must be sought. Restlessness is evil, unhealthy and wicked. Yes! We may not have perceived it as something to be so described or decried but it’s certainly because many are uninformed and unaware of it despicable effect and consequence. Restlessness is a product of helplessness occasioned by a hapless lack of faith and courage to wrestle a situation and regain command of its control to one’s favor, profit and advantage.
Restlessness is a restive, disturbing, anxious or uneasy feeling about an imminent or pending negative event or activity. It is often motivated by the notice of a desperate situation concerning which there is no or insufficient means to redress or correct. It thrives and gains strength through correlating accounts of others or trends that heightens anxiety and murmurings about the immediate instance of the negative event occurring thereby obscuring the visage incidence of light at the end of the tunnel or permitting courage to unseat the unrest.
Restlessness is evil.
Beloved, God decries the restlessness of the Saint, He abhors and loathes the restive feelings among His people and judges it harshly. The children of Israel in course of journey through the wilderness to the land promised by God to settle them, they were much disquieted by the events and occasions that confronted them that they not only lost the promised rest; they lost their lives. This is the harsh and destructive consequence of a restless spirit. It always dies – eventually
Consider what God says about the Israelites, “How long will this wicked community grumble against me? I have heard the complaints of these grumbling Israelites. So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do to you the very thing I heard you say: In this wilderness your bodies will fall—every one of you twenty years old or more who was counted in the census and who has grumbled against me. Not one of you will enter the land I swore with uplifted hand to make your home except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun (Numbers 14:27:30 NIV). Notice, God called them, “wicked community” that grumbled. We must learn from them that we may avoid their error and harness the paradise of rest they lost.
It’s uncanny that not much has changed since the time the travails of the Israelites was recorded, the same instances of fear and petrifaction still pervades all humans and sadly the immediate reaction of many has been reclusion to fear, restlessness and murmurings. These have consistently failed and foiled the answer to hope much needed or sought. We must quit being restless: complaining does no good but complicates issues. Faith in God is the sure and potent cure for the unrest of man’s spirit.
Consider what Jesus said about when one is faced with a “mountain” or challenging situations, “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them (Mark 11:23-24 NIV). Trust God and He shall make it good. AMEN!
“For the Egyptians shall help in vain, and to no purpose: therefore have I cried concerning this, Their strength is to sit still.” (Isaiah 30:7 KJV)
Gaining and sharing perspective with God is walking with God: in the true context. According to the Bible, Do two people walk hand in hand if they aren’t going to the same place? (Amos 3:3 MSG), the common and shared destination, point of interest or point of view is what makes walking together both compatible and pleasurable. The mismatch of Man’s perspective with God’s is the bane and crippling pestilence that has maligned Man’s reaching God’s determined destination or point of Interest.
A natural Man does not see things as God does neither can he know them for…they are spiritually discerned (1 Cor. 2:14 KJV). It is upon this bedrock that we must, along with every (other) Word, gain and share God’s perspective of Rest. We need to understand, assimilate, integrate, ingest, digest, etc. into how cognitive and rational system and apparatus God’s notion of Rest.
Rest is a commanded and assigned task for God’s people with punitive and fatal consequence. About Rest, God said to His people, “Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.” (Exo. 31:15-16 KJV).
Notice, Rest was a commanded “task” and that commandment is perpetual …an integral part of our life and living in obedience to God. We must therefore (undertake) Rest as a conscious observance of God’s Holy commandment and a checklist item on God’s assigned task.
As with and in every commandment of God, we must reign in the good stead and notice that every of God’s commandment is intended and directed for our profiting (2 Tim. 3:16) that we may be whole, unbroken and perfect without regressed or blighted functionality. This “Rest” is so intend for us.
Now, unlike the common use of the word rest generally understood as being on bed; useful and necessary as this rest type may be, it’s essentially and merely directed to reinvigorate the body, refresh and relive the body organs but God’s determined Rest is for our whole Being. This Rest is found when our spirit “sleeps” on Him. Akin, to our bodies being laid on Bed, is the relief and revival exposed and experienced when our spirits lay on God. The posture and practice of this activity is what is termed, “Their strength is to sit still…. (Isaiah 30:7 KJV) This is the determined and assigned Rest task by God
Beloved, God requires that our spirits “lay”, rest, quiet or stay on Him. This is important to Him and needed for us. It is “their strength…” God said. It is natural and sequential to project that our unrest of mind and spirit is the product of the despicable evasion and rebellious seclusion from God’s Holy requirement of being still on Him.
Asa said, “And Asa cried unto the Lord his God, and said, Lord, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O Lord our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O Lord, thou art our God; let no man prevail against thee.
Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. (John 6:27)
Labor is the expenditure of energy to perform a task. It is the outflow or disbursement of means to generate product from inputs. It is the rational and intelligent factor of product. Labor is work.
In our contemporary Societies and World at large, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is a unique metric that measures or defines the wealth a people or Nation. It is a factor implicitly used to determine the productivity (labor utilization) of a people measured by the monetary (market) value of goods and services they produced within a given period. The higher a people or country’s GDP, the wealthier that people or country is ranked reflective in their per capita income. It must be noted that the context of Labor utilization is not in the volume of activity rather in the quality (intelligent worth) of its productivity translated to wealth.
Labor in effect produces wealth. The Bible puts it thus, “In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury. (Prov. 14:23 KJV) Labor must never be viewed at a negative element or event; it is its poor or non-utilization that is derogatory and offensive.
We must the careful not to labor in vain. It is this noxious and exasperation deployment of labor that our Lord Jesus was correcting in the referenced scripture when He said, “Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life…” (John 6:27 KJV)
Few important notices are necessary here; 1) Labor is part of life. 2) Labor produces result (meat). 3) Some meats (results) produced by labor eventual comes to naught or are destroyed – perish! 4) Some other meats (results) produced by labor endures forever or is eternally lasting. It produces a result that has perpetual and gainful result.
Beloved, we must be smart. The notice here by our Lord Jesus to our consciousness on how we utilize our labor (energy). What do we produce with our labor? Are the outcomes of what we labor for fleeting or perpetual? Are we able to secure perpetual (eternal) rest after our labor? These are intelligent perspective that must be built into our labor utilization lest after our labor is gone (utilized or diminished) we suffer unrest as a result of perished or perishable results
But there’s hope; Jesus said, “Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you…” Notice He said, He gives “…meat which endureth unto everlasting life” This meat is “The Word of God”. (See John 14:10)
When we direct or utilize our labor guided by the Word of God, doing what God says, abstaining from what He refutes, we build a future that is secure, perpetual and restful against which no wallow can billow rather full of blessed and quiet assurance.
I welcome you to REST.