Devotional | Our Resting Place
How can you discover your resting place?
“My people have been lost sheep … they wandered over mountain and hill and forgot their own resting place. Whoever found them devoured them.”(Jeremiah 50:6-7 NIV).
How easy is it to forget, or even neglect our resting place? The busyness of life can become a distraction that prevents us from seeking rest, causing us to ask, “Where is my resting place?" While wandering, the children of Israel had forgotten to enter into a place of rest. They wandered here and there, over mountain and hill, but never sought their place of rest. As a result God called them lost sheep, and whoever found them, devoured them. We desperately need a place of rest. God has both offered and called us to it. He knows that unless we find it, we too, will be lost sheep, devoured by the trials and attacks which come our way.
Psalm 91:1 says, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, will rest under the shadow of the Almighty.” (NLT) Our place of rest is under the sheltering wings of the Most High God. We can come into a place of rest as a result of dwelling in the secret place. Anytime we come before the presence of God, we are residing in the Secret Place. It is a place of dwelling and therefore, I believe, a place where we may continually abide, where we can have our home. We need to learn to be in His presence at all times. In truth, God is always with us. His presence never leaves us, but why not begin to live communicating with His Spirit continually?
To learn how to dwell in the Secret Place begins as we daily come before Him. This is not a ritual thing – this is an actual time of give and take, pouring out our hearts to Him and then listening to His response. It is easy for our time with God to become a ritual, or a duty, however it must begin with relationship. I am an organized person, some might say, a perfectionist of sorts. I like things a certain way and get irritated when they are not. It is easy for me to get in a rut. I read through the Word, mostly, from cover to cover systematically. I pray for certain people daily and I make daily declarations. None of these are bad things. But, in doing so, I often have to check myself to make sure my heart is in it and I ask, “Am I trusting in the methods, or am I truly looking to God and connecting with His heart?”
God desires relationship with us. He longs for deep, intimate connection, and this is what we were created for. I believe to be in the Secret Place means to be in a place of intimate connection with our Father. As we do this, it is much easier to rest under His sheltering wings, with an awareness that He is always there and loves us.
May we not strive, as the Israelites did in Jeremiah 50:6, wandering here and there, over mountain and hill. Rather, may we come to the Lord daily into His presence. A place where striving ceases and life flows out of intimacy with our Father.