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Mountains and Rest

o-mountainI’m headed to North Dakota to lead worship and speak for a conference, but I’ve been pondering something I would like to share.

Mt. Everest is the earth’s highest peak. You don’t just decide one day to climb it and go up the next. There is discipline and training and even as you’re climbing, you have to keep readjusting and acclimating to the heights. You can hire a professional guide to help you on your journey.

It’s not impossible to do. It just takes some strategy and determination.

What’s been rolling around inside me is this,

Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience. –Hebrews 4:11

Through Hebrews 3 and 4, the author makes us aware that God has purposed to bring us into rest as He is in rest. The children of Israel rejected His promise and therefore, His rest. A whole generation perished for their unbelief.

What does this have to do with Mt. Everest? Well, in my mind, I keep connecting Everest with ever-rest. God wants to bring you to new heights and He’s made the provision of rest, not some day but today. There is a conscious decision and discipline to do this.

There may be strategies He gives you, and most certainly you have the Holy Spirit as the best guide ever.

Climbing ever-rest is not impossible, but it does take focus as you acclimate to new heights and rare air. There’s a reason not everyone attempts to climb Everest and there’s a reason why so many Christians run around like crazy people instead of finding His rest.

It doesn’t mean you stop doing things, but you work from a place of rest as Jesus did instead of striving to produce on your own. So many strive for a good life and good works when God invites you to enter rest and then do the good works predestined for you.

I am writing this as I go somewhere to do something. But I am making the decision that I will rest in His heart and will, rest in His promise and provision.

I have no doubt things will come to compete with and distract from His rest, but I’m setting my heart on Him and I’m choosing diligence.

How about you? Is it difficult for you to find His rest? Why or why not?


Whispers and Shouts #32.

…a short burst of inspiration of what God is speaking to me, a prayer, a quote, a song, or whatever else.

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6 Comments

  1. You’re on a roll, my friend. Much wisdom in your words and spirit. I seek rest, but as you’ve said, it takes seeking and drawing nigh unto our Father and our fallen flesh fights us all the way. God bless you’re ministry.

    • Thank you, Floyd. It’s been a blessed time so far. Meeting again tonight and tomorrow and expecting His breakthrough! Blessings to you.

  2. Over the past 5 years, I have learned to discover true rest. Before then, I was constantly overloaded and overwhelmed. Doesn’t mean I don’t get busy now, but it does mean I understand the value of regular, true Sabbath rest. And I know I understand the value because very little gets in the way of it happening in my life. In other words, it’s a high priority. But I learned the hard way to make it such a high priority. In order to prevent a revisit to a crash and burn state, it has to stay that way.
    Kari Scare recently posted..Aging GracefullyMy Profile

    • Great point, Kari. I think ‘priority’ is such a key word. It’s living in His rest diligently then also finding those intentional times of focused rest. Wonderful thoughts--thanks so much.

  3. It used to be difficult, but not anymore. I’ve really opened up more and more to listening to the Holy Spirit, and valuing the true rest only God can give. It’s not about me doing, it’s allowing Him in His grace and time, to work through me.
    Blessings, Jason!
    Martha Orlando recently posted..With God, All Things Are PossibleMy Profile

    • Listening to the Holy Spirit is such a key. He does indeed lead and guide us into all truth, and this is no different. Thank you, Martha.

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