True Rest

Posted on July 24, 2009 by Matt

There is a difference between sleep and rest. You can easily be rested but not have sleep. Further you can sleep but not feel rested. While a healthy body requires both of these factors to flourish, there is something else that the human requires. She requires a “rest” that does not come about through sleep or from relaxing sore muscles and bones. This rest is found in complete surrender and trust in the LORD. This is true rest. Augustine said it quite perfectly; “You stir men to take pleasure in praising you for you have made us for yourself. Our hearts are restless oh Lord, until they rest in you.”

It is with great hesitation I write about this, not because the concept lacks veracity but rather because it has been so badly abused. People consider God to be nothing more then a missing piece to what is lacking in their life and come to Him solely to fill some void. And while God does fill our voids our need for Him must be established on nothing else but justification by faith. Our initial communication to God is nothing less then a cry for help, which results in being declared righteous by faith. Once this has been established God is able to purify the believer and consequently fill in voids. For just as Paul said, “Therefore, having been justified by faith we have peace with God, through Jesus Christ our LORD.” Justification first, peace second.

Once one has been transformed through faith by grace she has finally been put in a position to experience true rest, true peace. So then is such peace assured? Absolutely not, for while it is within the grasp of believers so few submit themselves enough to taste of such relaxation. Just as the Psalmist in 131 begs, “Oh LORD my heart is not lifted up, my eyes are not raised to high for thee, I do not think of things to high and marvelous or things to difficult for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.” David claims that once a man clings to the LORD not from need but desire he will experience the bliss of a weaned child with his mother.

Happy is he who trusts in the LORD. Happy is he who leans on Him not from need but desire. Happy is he who understands, “I desire obedience not sacrifice.” Trust in the LORD from this day and for-ever.


  • Ed on July 25th, 2009

    Great post, well done. Although we all do need Him in our lives, our desire should be greater for salvation through Him. Thanks Matt

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