Jun
17

Finding Deep Rest for Your Soul

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toes in grassThe birds welcomed the new day, tweeting and chirping to one another as I sat on my back porch sipping my morning coffee and awakening. A gentle cool breeze blew and I almost felt I was back in Eden. I closed my eyes and took it all in.

I thought of Eden and what it must have been like to have lived before the Fall of Man. I pondered what all was lost when Adam and Eve opened themselves up to begin to question God’s heart for them.  Dominion. Authority. Immortality. Divine health. Relational peace.

 I thought of how Adam and Eve fell from a position of resting in God into a life of striving to maintain what God had intended for them to freely live in.

What was it like to live in a place of perfect rest in the soul?

The Hebrew word most often used for "rest" means a settled, deep stillness.

When is the last time you felt a settled, deep stillness?

Perhaps you’d like to quickly brush that thought away. After all, does it really matter? Is it really possible?

Not only is it possible, but we were created to live in that place and if we listen, we will hear Eden’s distant voice calling us back there to the place where our souls are at rest. It is the voice of the Spirit of God that reminds us of Eden and hints of a perfect time to come (Rev. 22) but also teaches us how to live in rest today.

In the beginning before sin entered, man and woman lived in a place of settled, deep still rest. Eden was a place of rest, still waters, and gentle breezes. The plants grew without effort. There were no briars, no blights, no lack of water, sunshine, or nutrients. The animals peacefully existed with no threat of danger from each other or mankind.  And man and woman walked and talked with each other and with God.

Sin entered and with it, mankind and everything in the world began a descent into turmoil and strife. So are we hopeless now? No!

I thank God for the finished work of Christ which restores us to a positional place of rest. But practically, how do we get there?

Much of the work of entering into rest hinges on our understanding of who we are in Christ. We must exalt his finished work and trust that it is enough. Living in rest means complete surrender and total trust in what Christ has already done. Our salvation is complete in Him and every need that comes into our lives has already been provided for; every longing has been satisfied.

Jesus said: "’Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light’" (Matt. 11:28­-30, NIV)

Rest is much more than not working. Rest is the place where one’s soul is at peace. Psalm 131:2 speaks of how a weaned child can be at rest with its mother without crying for milk. What a wonderful picture of how we can lie back as it were in the arms of Christ, resting in his love and knowing our every need is taken care of, we are complete in his love and safe in his presence!

If you can’t remember the last time you felt a deep, settled peace, take time to focus on Christ and His finished work. Enter into worship and get your mind off yourself and onto the source of our rest. If you stay there long enough, you might just begin to hear the whispers of Eden’s wind blowing through your soul. 

 

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  1. Sandra Harper says:

    Great post Mikki. Thanks for the lesson………I need this one often.

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