Day 9: Resting Well
To Rest is to Remember
The Strange family is relocating to another city. It’s one of those moves you make that doesn’t make sense to anyone this side of Heaven. There was a good job available locally, the kids were thriving, we have awesome neighbors, we love our church, and grandparents are local. Instead, we are taking a lesser paying job, scaring the children half to death, leaving the church home, without friends and zero family. Why? We believe the Lord is orchestrating this move. So we have accepted the job offer, purchased a house, re-homed the dog, and packed the boxes.
And we have seen God move in amazing ways. Currently, we are negotiating the sale of our home. The FOR SALE sign was only up a day before we received multiple offers. The contracts are signed. The inspections are complete. All systems are just about go and it looks like we will be gone from here and out of this season in a matter of days.
Please understand, Chad and I are not your– grab a knapsack and granola bar and ;et’s see where the road takes you—kind of people. We are not willing embracers of chaos. But we have had some practice in trusting God and relying on Him to show Himself faithful. The ability to step out, resting in Christ–-with all your resources, taking your family away from everything they know and love, into something that is uncertain– out of something that seems so—develops over time.
But there is a keep enabling factor found in Psalm 22:4-5 we cannot miss.
In You our fathers trusted;
They trusted and You delivered them.
To You they cried out and were delivered;
In You they trusted and were not disappointed.
Remember God’s Faithfulness
In this Psalm, David recalls to God His workings in the past with His people and basically calls Him on the carpet to do it again in the present, based on His character.
Charles Spurgeon has this to say about David’s approach:
“This is true wrestling. Let us learn the art.”
C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David
- Keep a record of God’s faithfulness – even in the small things. For instance, I needed to locate something quickly for a deadline. I prayed and asked God for help in finding it, because it was not anywhere to be found. I needed a small miracle, and God came through. These events and happenings build a history. Too often we ask God for help in these matters and forget about it before the day ends. Instead, we need to write it down.
For our family, it seems every detail of this move has been divinely planned and orchestrated. All negotiations have been a testament of God clearly leading us and demonstrating His power to take us out…which we are writing down but…there will come a time – when it seems like God is NOT coming through for you and me.
- Trust God anyway — My friend also believes God has told her family to move, but but it has been a long arduous process from start to finish. In fact, the whole deal fell through a few days ago. Yet, nothing has changed. She still believes God is leading them to go. Her path doesn’t look like mine where it’s obvious God is at work in every detail for His glory. She is simply required to trust God anyway—through the difficulties. The problem is – it’s hard to trust God for your life when you look around and everyone else’s life looks better.
“The experience of other saints may be a great consolation to us when in deep waters if faith can be sure that their deliverance will be ours; but when we feel ourselves sinking, it is poor comfort to know that others are swimming.” CH Spurgeon, Treasury of David
Let your comfort be in the Word of God and the person of Jesus Christ.
He sees you.
He loves you.
He is faithful to you.
Use Scripture as a sword, just as David does here. David recalls a little history to the Almighty.
What did they do?
Then you and I need to cry out to God just like the saints before us. Cry out for God:
- to do what He said He could do
- To provide for your needs when it looks impossible
- To take care of your enemies when the situation looks darkest
- To mend broken relationships
- To meet any need that warrants crying out to the Lord
What happened because of their effort?
Not just sort-a – kind-a, that will do.
He did not disappoint.
Maybe everything is going your way and you are finding it easy to trust God for what you cannot see. Maybe it’s not, and you are finding it unhelpful to see everyone else swimming while you are floundering, wondering just where is YOUR help from God.
Remember His faithfulness in the past.
Let me encurage you to fill in the blanks with your own situation. Say it out loud in your prayers as you cry out to your God. Be specific. And if you cannot think of anything God has done for you– take an example from Scripture– or your swimming friend. Your God will be faithful to you because He loves you.
Because You have done
I can trust I will not be disappointed in
I have no doubt – You will see the faithfulness and goodness of the Lord as David proclaims:
Posterity shall serve him; it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation; they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn, that he has done it. Psalm 22:31
Yet I am confident I will see the LORD’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13
With much affection,
For His Glory,