by Dr. Charles Stanley
Tuesday May 17, 2005
Our Responsibility to Rest
One of the Christian’s toughest responsibilities is to rest in the Lord. The human tendency is to do something to push forward our agenda, but the third requirement of the Psalm we began studying yesterday prohibits action until God dictates.
Resting, which sounds so easy, requires supernatural courage because in our human weakness, we fret. Worry turns our minds from our delight and trust in the Lord; consequently the three responsibilities form a loop. We must enjoy spending time with God in order to learn to trust Him; our trust is absolutely essential to resting in His hand; and we must be willing to rest in order to truly delight in Him.
Patiently waiting for the Lord to act is one of the supreme tests of our spiritual maturity. The stronger our desire, the shorter our delay fuse. Sometimes we desperately want to give God a timetable, but enduring rest happens on His schedule. Only He knows understands every circumstance and knows the precise moment when answering our prayer will yield maximum benefit. We reap disappointment, pain, and loss when we push ahead of His divine schedule.
Before you get out of bed each day, pray a prayer like this one: Father, I want to thank you for giving me the desires of my heart. Today, I am going to delight myself in You, commit everything to You, and rest in the knowledge that You have everything under control. And I will wait for Your perfect timing. If you follow the guidance of this Psalm, God will richly bless you.
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