Monday, February 22, 2016

Rest and Quietness

 Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
What if I had not believed you?
But by faith, I am assured
that I'll see while I'm still living
all the goodness of the Lord.
 —Psalm 27:13
In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.
Isaiah 30:15
Confiding nearness to God brings quiet rest. Rest and quietness are treated here, as the result of faith on the one hand, and as something we are to strive for on the other. And this is how confidence in God stills and quiets the soul:
  • The very exercise of communion with God brings peace and rest, inasmuch as all things are then possessed which we can desire: nothing can equal it and nor destroy it.
  • Trust in God brings rest from our own evil consciences.
  • It brings rest from our own plans and schemes.
  • Trust gives insight into the meaning of everything in this otherwise confusing world.
  • It calms and subdues our own desires.
  • It gives our lives—which are often spread too thin among too many of life's worries and trifles—into a place of integrity.
Notice what this rest is not:
  • It does not mean the absence of causes of disturbance.
  • It does not remove the need for forethought.
  • It does not mean an indolent passiveness.
Notice the duty of rest and quietness.
  • How much we fail in this respect.
  • Though we have faith, there seems some obstruction which stops it from flowing refreshingly through our lives.
  • We are bound to seek the continuity and power it brings to our hearts and lives.
 —Alexander Maclaren (alt.)

Grant to me, O gracious God, the joy of a life surrendered to Christ's service and the peace of sin forgiven through the power of his cross...
 —John Baillie

 Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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