Moses said to the LORD, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:12-14 (NIV)
There is no doubt about it, my life has been filled with strenuous effort that has left me weary, worn out and exhausted. Is that my will for you? Is that my plan for your life? Do you think that I want you to be weary and worn out and exhausted? Well, you have given me large assignments that have been far beyond my ability to accomplish. Yes, that is true. Why have I given you assignments that are far beyond your ability to accomplish? You can’t think that I have given you large assignments to make you weary, worn out and exhausted. No, that is not what I think. What do you think? I think you want me to come to rely on you. Why do you think that I want you to come to rely on me? You want me to come to know you. Yes, I do. Have you come to know me as you have relied on me? Yes, I have, without a doubt. That is good. What has happened to you as you have come to know me? As I have come to know you, I have come to love you. What has happened to you as you have come to know and love me? As I have come to know and love you, I have been filled with passion to follow and serve you. Isn’t that great? Yes, for that, I am very thankful. That’s good.
What else have you learned from the very large assignments that I have given to you? I have learned that you are working in and through me to accomplish your purposes and plans. I have learned that you are with me to help me every step of my way through life. I have learned that your favor is resting on me. Now let me ask you a question. I’m listening. Have you experienced rest in your life as a result of your coming to know and love and follow and serve me? Yes, I have a rest within me that can only come from you. Do you also have rest in your life because you know that I am with, I will help you, my favor rests on you, and I will make you able to accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans? Yes, you have filed my life with your rest even in the midst every unrestful circumstance, difficult task or large assignment that may come my way in life. Live in my rest. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, I want nothing more than to live in your rest. I know that your rest does not come by my efforts. My efforts simply wear me out. No, I want the rest that can only be mine by coming to know, love, follow and serve you. Help me to live fully in your rest. Amen
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