Day 12: Receive What He Wants to Give
Have you ever witness a toddler or baby who just didn’t want to go to sleep? They often try all sorts of shenanigans to fight off the inevitable—trying to convince the parent, grandparent or babysitter that they can make it without sleeping. But these poor bodies don’t fool anyone. We can see through their trickery.
We had one child who would put one palm flat on her forehead which was the telltale sign she was tired. Another would spin her hair around her finger while sucking a thumb on the other hand. The third just screamed until she was utterly breathless and hoarse. It was a painful approach- but to no avail. We always figured it out and made a way for them to get the rest they desperately needed.
Our God looks after each of His children even more tenderly than I can look after my own. Better than anyone, He knows exactly how and when you and I need rest from our exhaustion and often spiritual fatigue. But too often we respond like a toddler, kicking and screaming—refusing the invitation to rest and fighting it off with every ounce of strength we can muster. We don’t seem to want to receive what He wants to give.
The Psalmist has learned a thing or two about receiving what the Lord wants to give through experience and adversity.
The LORD is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack. He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters. He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him—not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3
Maybe you are physically exhausted to the point you have become spiritually empty. There is simply no energy to seek the Lord where He may be found. Or maybe you are just out of the habit of seeking God for your daily life and you no longer have an affection for Him. Perhaps this season has brought unwanted trouble and you have found yourself in a place of sin you never thought was possible or ever wanted to consider. But here you are—breathless and hoarse, still fighting against what could be yours. Relief. Restoration. True rest.
Do something different today.
Receive what He wants to give in order to rest well.
Allow Him to begin to restore you and refresh your soul—even your body.
- Ask Him to restore and refresh you. Confess all of your sin and tell Him all of your need
- Look to His Word, finding encouragement though listening to what He has to give you.
He will not fail you. A child of God will not lack anything necessary to accomplish all He wants you to accomplish.
With much affection,
For His Glory!