What do we mean when we tell our brother/sister in Christ to “Rest in the Lord”? I’m going to break away from the deeper apologetics for this post to offer a classic Luc’s Novelties message.
“Just rest in the Lord.” That phrase can conjure up a lot of images. For me, it brings to mind images of prayer, faith and trust, and even actual rest. But what does it really mean? To understand I believe a good place to begin is the very beginning. Genesis 2:2 says this,
“And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.“
When I was little whenever I heard this verse I used to picture God kicking up His feet and regaining His energy from creating the world! Of course, God doesn’t grow weary or tire, so what are we to make of this? The key is in the phrase, “God ended His work.” God had set everything in motion, His work was complete, there wasn’t anything more to do.
How does this apply to us today? It means that whatever we’re going through, whatever storm we’re facing, He knows the end. He knows there’s light at the end of the tunnel because He’s already standing there. Resting in the Lord means we aren’t to worry about the future. We aren’t to worry about the end, we’re to obey right now in what He has called us to do.
If you’re working in the rain, doubting it’ll ever stop, I want to remind you that there is an end and it’s closer than you know. No burden is unknown, rest and know He’ll carry you through no matter what.