“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: Wait, I say, on the Lord.” Psalms 27:14
In the first part of the series, we learned about the season of testing also called the night season and how to either give into the temptation or to simply let go by testing. Today, I want to talk about the season of rest as it goes hand in hand with the previous season. It’s in those dark long cold hours when all hope feels so lost, or the journey is getting long, and the road is hard, it’s there I know that God’s the one who is standing before. But it’s in those challenging times is where I’ve learned the most growth comes and it’s the only way growth comes by simply resting in God.
Rest is a weapon from God that’s why the enemy wants us to be stressed and keep our minds occupied. Busy trying to fight the battle on our own, or busy to keep us from hearing God’s voice, or busy by having us worry and be anxious and feel alone. The busier we are, the less time we have to talk with our Creator. That’s why it’s important to stop and Rest on God. Wait also means rest, so if we look at the verse above and speak it like this “rest on the Lord”, it will show you exactly what the Psalmist was saying. To rest on means to be totally and absolutely dependent on that person. When we rest on God it’s our request to God’s favor; the continuance of his presence is with us; the benefit of His Divine guidance and Divine protection.
When I think about the word wait or rest, I think of how committed Elisha was to Elijah in second Kings chapter two right up to his departure. It showed how he followed him through each stage and the instructions were hold up meaning stop, wait, rest cause if you don’t see it you won’t receive it. A lot of times in my seasons of rest or waiting I have found myself very whiny, scared and thinking, “This is not what you promised me Lord, “and I hear Him speak so softly “I’m not finished yet.” You see we take seasons and cycles and make them bigger and worse than they are. We become restless instead of restful.
Can I ask you something? What do you see in the taking away part of life? In John 15:1 it says this ” I am the vine and you are the branches and my father is the husbandman, anything that does not bear fruit will be cut away.” You see, when connected to the Jesus you’re connected to the father, and in that connection, it releases God’s power and abilities. When you are stable God is able, when you rest on, lean on, and trust in God. The promise of His rest is He who dwells ( abides, stays, rests) in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. In the presence of God, there is joy, peace, and rest. We learn that God is our shield, and our covering. Fear will keep you wondering walking in circles with no accomplishments, but faith makes one fine pillow just like God told Abram in Genesis 15:1 “I will be your shield and your exceedingly great reward because you Abram chose to rest on me and not bow your knee to fear.” Wow, talk about a weapon! It said in Jeremiah 33 that when I call on the name of the Lord He replies and shows me secret things, fenced in places that the enemy can’t get to, and brings His kingdom to stand by my side. That’s why the devil tries to keep you stressed and from getting to our Heavenly Father; he knows the power of rest. So today, if you feel like you’re in a season of rest, don’t resist it but instead rest on the Lord. You don’t want to miss the next step to Your promise. Remember the committed heart brings change, and He who begun and started this work shall finish it, and because you believed you shall see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living.
Prayer Starter: Father God as I come into this season of rest let me embrace and remain in Your presence. Lord show me where to go, when to go and when to stay. Lord, I trust You and Your timing. In Jesus’ all-powerful name I pray Amen.