Lord, you have been our dwelling place
in all generations.
For a few weeks now I’ve been contemplating the notion of dwelling in the Lord. I want Him to be my hiding place and my resting place. In my last blog post I talked about how fear and habit move us to find shelter in other places. But what about are resting place? Where do we rest?
My family and I are headed on vacation soon. We’re going to Disney World. It’s going to be warm. It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be exhausting. It’s going to be wonderful. But will our resting be in God or in atmosphere?
My Jesus has always been there for me. He made me, He knows me, and He loves me. But I get easily distracted. When storms rage I instinctively run for shelter, but when the sun comes out do I still rest in Him? When I’m riding Pirates of the Caribbean, will I be resting in Him?
The Israelites needed a law to remind them to rest in Him. Without being told to remember the Sabbath they would have just gone on with their lives thinking about themselves, their families, their lives. God told them to remember the Sabbath so that they would take time to remember Him and just enjoy Him and His company.
When I choose to remember the Sabbath and dwell in that resting place, I am communing with God with intentionality. I say to God, “God, let’s hangout.” And He is always so happy to oblige me.
Jesus gave us His Spirit so that we could actively, intentionally, and purely embrace the fullness of God in all His wonder and majesty. He made us His dwelling place. No need for tabernacles anymore. No need for pillars of smoke and fire to guide us. We became one, as Jesus and the Father are one.
So, will I be resting in Jesus while we are on vacation? With intentionality, I will.
So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.
Only with practice can we rest in Jesus. Wisdom comes from resting in Jesus. Hope and peace come in resting in Jesus. Life abundant comes from resting in Jesus.
We number our days so that we never take Him or all He has given us for granted. Whether in work or in rest, He is with us. He has made us and He has sheltered us. He is our resting place and our strength.
Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
and for as many years as we have seen evil.
16 Let your work be shown to your servants,
and your glorious power to their children.
17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
and establish the work of our hands upon us;
yes, establish the work of our hands!
In rest and in play. In trial and in work. God is there. He is with us. He will sustain us. If only we will let Him, He will establish the work of our hands, and we will find rest and endurance in this life He has given us.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
In that hand I can sleep, I can play, I can work, I can commune with the Almighty God. He made the world. He made me. He knows me. And instead of destroying me, He has established me. He has guarded me, protected me, and rocked me gently to sleep.
I will rest in Him because He has been our dwelling place in all generations.