Coming Into Rest
Rest is the cessation of motion, in other words, to stop or halt any activity; to be still; to come to a place of no movement or sound etc. God wants us to rest as His children. God made us in a place of rest, as we work, He rests and as we rest, He works. God is looking for people who are confident in Him enough to begin to rest so He can work on their behalf. Too many are trying to do things by their own strength; but no longer does man have to struggle to achieve God’s purpose.
God is always intending to bring His own to rest in Him. In Genesis 5, after the turmoil and toll of sin, the narrative of Moses speaks about the meaning of the names of the descendants of Adam which spoke about God’s plan for the redemption of mankind. From Adam (mankind) to Seth (the appointed one) all the way to Noah (rest) the tenth generation in Adam’s line, a pattern is realized. God does intend that the strife and woes of life give way to rest in Him as our Lord. Noah presents a typology of how God would restore man back to Himself.
To come to this rest in God we must truly learn to depend on him and operate from the realm of faith. In Psalms 23, David declares his full confidence in God as being his shepherd. Moses discovered that rest was when he had assurance of God’s presence. God will not always go with you, but His word will bring rest, His Spirit will bring rest or he will send a representative of himself (an angel) Exodus 33:13-15. You pray and speak from a place of power when you learn to rest in Him.
God will not rest until the promise He has made to you comes to pass. Isaiah 62:1-3 For Zion's sake I will not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. 2 And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name. 3 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. God says He has promised us rest, Jesus repeated it, Moses and David discovered it.
Christ is the culmination of rest. The works of the law and the prophets came to rest in Christ and from Him we also have rest. We attain this rest by warfare-by calling on the grace of the watchman in us. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Daniel 4:17. You must fight in prayer until what you believe is yours comes to you. We are called to war for what we desire to have Genesis 27:38-40.
There is a promise of God for rest and we must be careful that we don’t fall short of coming into it. Believe in God’s word and promise and let your mind, heart and spirit bring you to a place of rest. God has already made provision for your rest and you must believe and step into that dimension of rest through His word.