Coming to Rest

The Lord will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed upon Him because he trusts in Him.” Isaiah 26:3.

Ah, the power and promise of shalom. Isn’t it time you came to rest?  The Old Testament writers knew that by shalom, God meant not only the protection of their boundaries from invading hordes but the emotional, mental, and spiritual confidence they would have knowing that God was with them. Rest was inseparable from God’s presence. Peace and presence ride tandem.

The song lyric puts it so well: “There’s a peace I’ve come to know.” I’ve come to know it! Our peace is linked directly to what we think about.  So what do you think about?

“Stayed on him” doesn’t infer a hyper-intense concentration. It just means anchored, rooted. It’s like those stabilisers on a toddler’s bike. Old Matt Henry said that those who had that experience were “safe and easy,” and enjoyed a “serenity of mind in the assurance of God’s favour.”And when trouble comes? Psalm 112:7: “They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” The stabilisers will prevent wobble.

Augustine said, “The punishment of every disordered mind is its own disorder.” I know, I know. I’m always in such a tearing hurry. But slowing down or opting out is just not good enough. It’s less to do with my pace of life than my peace of life. At any speed, I need shalom. But I don’t need to drop out and move to an island: It’s usually disordered, dislocated living, not high energy, that robs my peace of mind.

And, of course, unless and until we rest in God, we will never risk for God.

 

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