Active Rest

As we enter the last week of January (time flies, doesnโ€™t it?), I want to encourage us with Godโ€™s word:

โ€œ๐ƒ๐จ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐›๐ž ๐š๐Ÿ๐ซ๐š๐ข๐. ๐’๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฆ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‹๐Ž๐‘๐ƒ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐›๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ. ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐„๐ ๐ฒ๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐š๐ง๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ง๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐š๐ ๐š๐ข๐ง. ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐‹๐Ž๐‘๐ƒ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ; ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ.โ€ ๐„๐ฑ๐จ๐๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’:๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’

Moses said these comforting words to a people enslaved for many years. Some were old enough to remember the glory days, and others were born into slavery. It must have been difficult for them to imagine a life without shackles, and bodies not bruised by the whips of merciless Egyptians. Yet, they had to choose to believe.

๐™ป๐šŽ๐š ๐š–๐šŽ ๐š‹๐š›๐šŽ๐šŠ๐š” ๐š๐š‘๐š’๐šœ ๐š๐š˜๐š ๐š—.

โ€œ๐ƒ๐จ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐›๐ž ๐š๐Ÿ๐ซ๐š๐ข๐โ€ is a clue that there will be many things along the way that will induce fear. In those moments call out to Jesus. It does not matter if itโ€™s a whisper, a shout or scream. Just say his name, and He will immediately reach out to you (Matthew 14:31). He has all authority, and at His name every knee shall bow, (Phil. 2:10) including fear.

โ€œ๐’๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฆโ€ is a call to suspend logic. A trust fall if you will, except you do not fall because anyone who trusts in the Lord will not be disgraced (Rom.10:11). When we let go, and fall into Him, we give Him the permission (so to say) to throw His weight around on our behalf. In other words, His move is not short circuited by unbelief. It is always a good idea to ask our Father to help with our unbelief (Mark 9:24). He meets us where we are.

โ€œ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐„๐ ๐ฒ๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐š๐ง๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ง๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐š๐ ๐š๐ข๐งโ€ is a promise. The output of our confident trust in Godโ€™s power. In essence all things are possible to him who believes (Mark 9:23). God stands in the fire with us. He shuts the mouths of lions. He makes our enemies at peace with us. He sits in the boat with us, totally unfazed. We are delivered from pain points and struggles. The things that have been persistently difficult. Chains and addictions that have kept us bound. Insecurities that have blinded us to our worth, and so forth.

โ€œ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐‹๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ. ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ,โ€ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜Ž๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ. The later text is from Psalm 46:10. Who is God? Good question! I am still growing in my knowledge of Him. But from what I know thus far, largely extracted from His word, and my personal experience of Him, I could write a book. Thatโ€™s our forever homework, to know who God is. We will never be experts on God. However, if we humble ourselves before Him, seek Him and dwell, He reveals more and more of Himself. His person (character) comes alive to us and grounds us in good soil. The fruit of which is stillness.

I should add that stillness is not an invitation to be idle. It is active rest. Like what we do between reps at the gym; 45 seconds of jump ropes, 10 seconds of rest. In that period of rest, there is still movement. A quick stretch or a sustained bounce so we donโ€™t lose momentum and allow tiredness set in.

Work Out Reaction GIF by The Daily Signal

The movement is small yet measured and purposeful. Stillness could look like muttering His promises under our breaths. Saying a short prayer of thanksgiving. Placing our hand on our chest to feel our hearts beat. Observing the beauty of creation. Plugging into a worship set with our eyes closed. Extending a helping hand to another. Offering a smile. Turning off all screens and taking deep breaths, and the list goes on.

God isnโ€™t about to lose His credibility because of our solvable problems. He is unchanging. The same God yesterday, today, and forever. He lives in eternity yet present in our every breath. He does the impossible every day.

To summarize, do not be afraid because the Lord is fighting for you. Be still because in Christ you win. Our year belongs to the Lord. Leave it in His hands.

Happy Monyaaaaaaay!
Xo, ๐‘€๐‘’๐“.

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