I’m beginning to understand why it is so important to rest in God’s peace. It is easy to do when things are going good but when the tides change, how do you find His peace? We are all born with will power but it is not our will power that provides His peace. Often we seek God and His promises and revert to our own will power to hold us out until we receives His promises. Once we are saved our will power is not made stronger but our faith is “activated”. It is up to us then to continually seek God’s will, not pray for our will and wonder why His promises are not realized. This is the sanctification process where our faith is built by allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us.
Resting in God’s peace requires continued faith is Jesus’ finished work on the Cross. For us not to rest in the Lord’s peace we are rebelling against His will. Knowing, having faith, that the Lord wants us to have all good things and that He will and can make a way for His will to be done in our lives, no matter the circumstances or the tangibles that only we can see, is resting in God’s peace. We must understand Jesus’ finished work on the Cross defeated the enemy – period. We must understand Jesus’ did this out of His love for us, so we could lead a victorious life. A victorious life does not necessarily constitute wealth as many may think, it is the ability to rest…to rest in God’s peace.
Psalms 95:11 “So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’” Rebellion came from the Israelites lack of faith in God’s promises of the promise land. That generation of Israelites never found God’s rest and because of their lack of belief they perished in the wilderness. However, because God so loved us (you and me), He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to reconcile us to Him – to redeem us from eternal hell. Jesus’ paid, in full, the price for our unbelief in hopes that we would believe. He is our Sacrificial Lamb that the Israelites in the wilderness did not have. Jesus is the reason we are given time to believe in God’s promises.
“Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” Hebrews 3:15. When we do not believe in God’s promises because of lack of faith, we are rebelling. Rebellion is caused by our carnal mind which is at war with God’s will for our lives (Romans 8:7). Rebellion is a condition of the heart that God will either harden or humble. The end result, either humbled or hardened, depends on whose will we submit to; our carnal mind which is at enmity with God (self will) or God’s will. Submitting to God’s will causes our hearts to soften which in turn we are able to rest in His peace.
I had a lady pray for me once and as she was praying she was asking God to “give me the understanding”. I did not understand what she wanted me to understand because I thought I had the understanding. I did not understand resting in God’s peace. Because of my self will to hold on to God’s promises, instead of my faith in Jesus’ finished work which enabled God to fulfill His promises to me, I was rebelling. Today my faith lies solely on Jesus and His finished work on the Cross and I believe God’s Word…every single word of His Word, and I believe it for me and my life. “Your hands have made me and fashioned me; Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.” Psalms 119:73….precept upon precept, line upon line, a little here and a little there. Thank you Lord for giving me the understanding and allowing me to rest in Your peace! – Donna Warren