Life is all about challenges and fighting both big and small giants; and if you do not fight, you do not win – even the Scripture says to “fight the good fight”! BUT in this time and season that there is fear and uproar in the atmosphere, it is important to experience God’s own rest. Divine rest gives you a break from years of pain, struggling and suffering; it is God taking the devil off your shoulders, like He did for the woman in Luke 13.
The word “rest” means to take a break; meaning God can say to you “you’ve been through enough; it is time for you to take a break!
The word “rest” means calmness; God can speak calmness to your storm and speak cessation to the noise around and within you! So many people experience too much noise on the inside than on the outside or around them; that is why, nothing you say to them penetrates – the enemy inside is fighting the good trying to penetrate from the outside! So, for such people, God is able and willing to bring total silence and banishment to the enemy on the inside! To experience divine rest, you need God on your boat!
The word “rest” means to bring to a place of comfort; the kind of comfort that stops all the hurting you have been experiencing! Coming to a place of comfort means to not just work, but also enjoy what you are working for; it is being in a position free of hurt and pain, no matter how little.
If you feel tired and burned out, God is about to turn things around for you this season!
Matt. 11: 28-30 – “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
From this scripture, it is important to note the three things that are important for us to truly experience divine rest:
First is to WALK WITH GOD. This means to travel, run, march, hike and pace with God – to be and act in association with God! Everyone that walked with God, He showed them how to quiet their storms – there will be storms and challenges, God did not say there would not be trouble, He did not even say He will prevent the fire and water – what He says is that He will be with us in the midst of the fire and storm, and give us rest in the midst of trouble!
How do we walk with God? By walking in the Spirit. Romans 8: 6 says “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” Peace, calmness, rest, cessation from evil and break from trouble is possible only when we walk with God and in His Spirit!
Walking with God is asking Him before you go where you want to go, and not following the crowd. You are assured of peace even when you are walking into a storm, if you are walking with God. It was why Jesus could sleep in the midst of a storm; because it was not His idea to go into the storm, it was His Father’s idea – but Jesus experienced and spoke calmness because His Father’s calmness was with Him! John 8: 38
It is hard to go astray when we walk with God; Peter could deny Jesus after he became far away from Him, even though Jesus already told him that he would. We miss our marks because we are not walking with God!
Second thing to do is to WORK WITH GOD. You have to labor with God – laboring with God is doing your work like you’re working for God; it is seeing God in every assignment that you carry out; it is getting involved in God’s work! John 5: 17 says “But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”
The way to enter into divine rest is to work what God is working!
The third thing is to WATCH GOD. To enter divine rest, you must watch the rhythms of God’s grace at work; how grace melts mountains and turn impossible situations around like they never mattered at all! God wants us to work and walk with Him, and then watch Him do wonders in our lives; as He also turns us into spectacles for others to see and wonder about! Watch for the doings of grace!
In Luke 5: 1-11, Peter (after allowing Jesus to use his boat to speak to the crowd, but not catching any fish all night) decided to follow Jesus’ instructions and put his boat out into the water; he followed Jesus’ direction – he walked with Him, he agreed to pace with Jesus. The second thing Peter did was that after Jesus started preaching, somebody needed to be in the water to stable the boat – he worked and labored with Jesus. After Jesus was done preaching, he asked Peter to cast his net into the water – what Jesus was asking him to do here was to use faith, not look at the time or season. Jesus needed Peter to look out and watch for the workings of grace, and he did!
Sometimes we convince ourselves that there’s a time and season for everything, but there is one thing that can overrule time and season – it is called FAITH!
The man that had nothing at the beginning of that chapter and in that night, because he walked, worked and watched, experienced a net-breaking and ship-sinking miracle – he experienced surplus, he experienced rest in his finances because there was more than enough fish to sell the following day!
Are you ready to walk with God? Are you ready to get involved in what God is involved in? Are you ready to step aside and watch Him do things for you?
Isa. 26: 3 – “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
KEEP YOUR MIND STAYED ON GOD – THIS IS THE WAY TO PERFECT PEACE!
Hold on to this prophetic scripture for the rest of the year:
Psa. 65: 11, 12 – “You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance. The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy.”
God will crown this year for you with goodness; with your mind stayed on Him, with you walking and working with Him, He will comfort you and give you rest. Beginning from today, as you labour with Him, you will begin to see the wonders of His grace around and for you, in the name of Jesus!