Quiet Restfulness

Posted by Jerry White on Mar 14, 2016

“The quiet restfulness of God’s unhurried presence acts as a solace to fretful and anxious hearts; moreover, in such an atmosphere the human spirit is made sensitive to the movements of the Divine Spirit, and confidence that He will not fail is engendered. It is those who thus wait, who find strength to continue waiting for His moment which assuredly will come.”

The Quest for Serenity (Thomas Pitch in a marginal note by Ruth Bell Graham)

G. H Morling, 41

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Let us then labour for an inward stillness,

An inward stillness and an inward healing,

That perfect silence where the lips and heart are still,

And we no longer entertain our own imperfect

Thought and vain opinions,

But God above speaks in us,

And we wait in singleness of heart,

That we may know His will,

And in the silence of our spirit

That we may do His will,

And do that only…

Henry W. Longfellow

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For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. Psalms 62:5

Truly, in our busy distracting and disturbing world we must labor for an inward stillness.




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Rest!

Posted by Jerry White on Oct 26, 2015

I  said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Tribulation in the world is guaranteed by the Lord, but peace, Christ’s own peace (John 14:27), is also promised. Testings, trials, disappointments, heartaches, griefs, pain, troubles, bewildering circumstances, enemies, sicknesses, devil’s attacks, and a host of other storms that come against us are common to living in this world. The Lord Jesus who overcame the world assures us that in Him peace is found. With the peace of Christ comes rest—even in the midst of this stormy, turbulent world. How can we find rest?
J. Gregory Mantle (1853-1925) helps us to understand the way.
“Rest! Thousands of hearts are longing for it! And it cannot be found, as some vainly dream, by flying away on the wings of a dove from their surroundings. Rest comes through a true confession and determined forsaking of sin, and through the cleansing of the nature from its stains, for sin in every form is dis-ease, the opposite of rest. Material things are in a state of rest while fulfilling the laws and purposes for which they exist. The least variation of adjustment results in disquietude instead of repose. So rest comes to man through an adjustment of his will to the will of God. ‘Take my yoke (i.e., My will) upon you…and ye shall find rest unto your souls.’ The Romans forced their enemies to put their neck under a yoke as a sign of defeat. Hence we get the word subjugate—sub, under; jugum, a yoke. Rest comes through the subjugation of the whole being to Jesus. The perfect emblem of rest is God, and in proportion as man has his center in God he becomes a partaker of His rest (Heb. 4:3).” (The Way of the Cross, 12)
When pressures and distresses come upon us, our self-life (flesh) wants to rise up to handle it. This only adds to the burden. The right response is one of faith (trust). Our place of repose is Christ Himself who alone can be our peace. The world, nor our flesh, nor anyone else, can give us peace in a dark storm, only Jesus. He promises,
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (John14:27)
JRW




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Rest Necessary

Posted by Jerry White on Jun 7, 2012

And he [Jesus] said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.”

Mark 6:31 ESV

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“I get the feeling we are a tired generation. Evidence of that fatigue abounds in a multitude of articles about health problems related to overwork and exhaustion. Workaholism is a modern word. No matter how hard we are willing to work in our competitive world, there always seems to be someone willing to put in a few more hours than we are.

What is strange about our general fatigue as a people is the fact that we are such a leisure-oriented society. We actually have what is called a leisure industry, and it is among the most profitable in our economy. Whole companies, organizations, and retail chain stores are committed to providing the goods with which people can pursue fun and good times.

We probably have more time for leisure than we ever had before. The five-day workweek is, after all, a relatively new innovation in history; we have moved away from the farm, where there was always more work to do; we can leave work behind if we want and head for leisure. So why is there so much exhaustion and fatigue today? Is it real? Imagined? Or is the contemporary form of exhaustion evidence that we no longer understand genuine rest, which is different from the pursuit of leisure?

There is a biblical view of rest that needs to be uncovered and examined. In fact, the Bible reveals God Himself to be the first ‘rester.’ ‘On the seventh day He rested…’ An even more enlightening comment is made by Moses in Exodus 31:17: ‘In six days the Lord made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day, He ceased from labor, and was refreshed.’ The literal translation suggests the phrase ‘He refreshed Himself.’

Does God indeed need to rest? Of course not! But did God choose to rest? Yes. Why? Because God subjected creation to a rhythm of rest and work that He revealed by observing the rhythm Himself, as a precedent for everyone else. In this day, He showed us a key to order in our private worlds.

The rest was not meant to be a luxury, but rather a necessity for those who want to have growth and maturity.”

Gordon MacDonald

Ordering Your Private World, 175-176

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Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28 ESV




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