Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will not be shaken.
My salvation and glory depend on God, my strong rock. My refuge is in God.
Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before him.
God is our refuge. Selah.
Psalm 62:5-8 CSB
The Pressure Is Off
I read this verse and immediately my soul took a deep breath. I sure did need it. Isn’t that just like the Word of God? His Word is alive and active and always doing a work in us. If you are like me, You are beyond grateful for that work. My 2017 was a year. As I am sure many of you can relate, I found myself on some pretty mountaintops and in some rocky valleys. The undercurrent of last year was an intense struggle in my mind. That is where the battle is, right? It doesn’t begin with our emotions or our actions. It begins with our thoughts.
For the most part, I am a disciplined person. I don’t normally have trouble with focusing on all things lovely and righteous and good. But, I think the enemy came for me. I have been sensing a shift coming, a breakthrough. When God is gearing up to propel us forward in our relationship with Him or in our calling or in building His Kingdom, the enemy is gearing up as well to destroy the plans of the Lord.
I think I tried to fight the enemy a lot in my own strength instead of letting God fight for me. Exodus 14:14 tells us, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” That is crazy hard for me! I am all kinds of independent and have difficulty letting people do for me, including God.
The posture of the verses in Psalms listed above points to all things rest. When I rest physically, I often feel unproductive. Unfortunately, that spills over into my time with the Lord. I have a hard time wrapping my mind around the kind of rest Psalms talks about. It is an active rest where God does His part and we do ours. We actively stand on Jesus and the work of the cross. We actively declare His promises over our lives and situations. We actively trust Him by not trying to bring about a specific outcome. We actively take Him at His Word and He fills us with hope and expectancy. We actively pour out our hearts to Him and let Him accomplish His plans.
He is our refuge.
He is our strength.
He is our help.
He is our salvation.
Allow these verses to sink deep in your souls. Take a deep breath. Know that the pressure is off. There is no striving, only rest in Him.
Is there an area of your life where you have been fighting in your own strength and need the rest of God?