Save Your Sanity!
By Maria Fontaine
Resting in the Lord is putting your weight down on Jesus and spending time in deep communion and fellowship with Him so that He can infuse you with strength and renew your vision. It’s carrying a spirit of peace and faith and putting Jesus first. Resting in the Lord (See Psalm 37:7) is pleasant because it involves thinking about Jesus and spending time with Him, and in that sense, it’s not hard or taxing, although it does take commitment to slow down and stop our other activities in order to do it.
Most of us lead busy lives, so we need the calm and peace and strength that come from resting in the Lord and taking time for meditation. Each of us needs to learn that secret of leaning hard on Him, committing our work to Him, resting in Him, and looking to Him. (See John 15:5 and Zechariah 4:6)
So many people long for peace. When we’re resting in the Lord, our spirits and minds are more filled with His Spirit, and we’re able to pass this on to others. The more at peace we are, the more faith we manifest, and the more they will want what we have.
As we slow down in order to spend time resting in the Lord, meditating on Him, and getting His take on things, He can show us what our priorities are, and we’ll have increased faith to act on them. Resting in the Lord and meditating brings a whole lot more peace and calm to our spirits, and that makes it a sanity saver during busy times.
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Resting in the Lord
In place of our exhaustion and spiritual fatigue, God will give us rest. All He asks is that we come to Him … that we spend a while thinking about Him, meditating on Him, talking to Him, listening in silence, occupying ourselves with Him—totally and thoroughly lost in the hiding place of His presence.
—Chuck Swindoll (b. 1934)
Once I knew what it was to rest upon the rock of God’s promises, and it was indeed a precious resting place, but now I rest in His grace. He is teaching me that the bosom of His love is a far sweeter resting-place than even the rock of His promises.
—Hannah Whitall Smith (1832–1911)
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