Hi Brother Sean,
Cultivating Rest Is Captivating Work
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth
Will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace
I may have learnt this in Sunday School, but it has taken most of the 66 years of my life for it to begin being appropriated and that mostly in the last 10 years. For that is how long ago, Our Loving Heavenly Father, took His blood bought adopted daughter, my wife, home to be with Him.
Rather, taken all this time for me to start receiving what the LORD so lovingly, always wants to give us, more of Himself. He is The Giver of all things. Even what we perceive as bad, He works for good. Perhaps, not more of Him, but more of myself given over to Him who is altogether lovely.
Is 30:15, one of my favourites. Half of 30 is 15, that helps me remember the reference. There is a chilling end at the end of that verse, ‘But they would not.’, and I always pray that I would not be a would notter of returning and resting in the LORD, of being quiet and confident in the LORD. There are quite a few “would not scriptures” in the KJV.
W.E Sangster writes of how the Saints of old overcame. They overcame by “Gazing on God”. He speaks of the potentials, even in old age, of being used by the LORD in wonderful ways. These things and many other similar sharings of Brothers and Sisters who have gone before and some who are still present in body, are great encouragements to me.
Yes, they are not the inspired writers of God’s written word, but they flesh out nonetheless, countless Biblical truths that for me, constantly engender a further ‘Trusting in the LORD’. When I read Scripture, I get quite uptight, because I feel it is so important to understand what I am reading. And most of the time I don’t think I do understand. When I read devotional and biographical works that other saints have written, the same sense of uptightness isn’t there. I trust, I am trusting the LORD for discernment, for wisdom, for understanding and for knowledge, and that He will lead me and guide me.
It is an enormous blessing to know my utter neediness. The need to know Him as my All in All. As I Return to Him, there is True Rest in Him, True Quietness in Him and True Confidence in Him. In Him with Whom we ‘all’ have to do. Hallelujah!