In Deuteronomy 5:27 the children of Israel told Moses, "Go near and hear all that the LORD our God will say, and speak to us all that the LORD our God will speak to you, and we will hear and do it." How foolish of them. They couldn't keep even one of the commandments and they thought they could "do" what God instructed? But you have to give it to them for trying, right? You see, they knew that drawing close to God meant losing their own lives and that wasn't exactly appealing to them. Or to us!
God told Moses in Exodus 33 , "You can’t see my face, because no one may see me and live.”
And Hebrews 12:29 says, " For our God is a consuming fire."
So it is very apparent that walking with the Lord means what John 3 said it means, "He must increase and I must decrease."
Hebrews 4:10 tells us clearly: "for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his."
Have you ever thought about this scripture: "But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day." 2 Peter 3:8
We know that creation took God six days and on the seventh day he rested. And we are told we are to rest too, just like he did.
Yet, if you're like me, you find yourself "doing." "Creating" if you will. Always busy. Always "doing." I am a creative person. If there is something that needs doing, just let me at it. Give me my "to do" list and I'll get it all taken care of. Give me the reigns and get out of the way.
Got a problem I can help with? I can do it.
Got a chore that you need help with? I can do that too.
You know, it's a good thing that God has a sense of humor. I mean, I'm not nicknamed "Debbie Do" for nothing!
In the book of Jonah we read how the Lord told him to go to Nineveh. Jonah didn't want to go to Nineveh! So he hopped aboard the nearest ship which was headed to Tarshish. (meaning "from the presence of the Lord.") "But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken. Then the mariners were afraid."
They all decided to cast lots to see who was responsible for the evil that had befallen them and we know that Jonah drew the short straw. The men asked Jonah what they should do and Jonah told them to throw him into the sea. But then in verse 13 it says, "Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it (the ship) to the land, but they could not."
Here we have a perfect picture of those of us who are habitually always "doing." These men knew that Jonah had fled from the Lord. They knew that God caused the raging storm because of it, they knew Jonah was responsible for the entire situation, they asked Jonah "what should we do". And when Jonah told them to throw him overboard they rowed even harder! They were sure they could "do" it. They could take care of the whole situation.
But God saw to it that they couldn't.
I want to remember to keep my hands off. To let God do it. To "let go and let God." To rest. God is looking for a people in which to rest. I want to be one of them.
Lord, help me to rest in you. Help me to stand in you and stop doing.
"Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it." Hebrews 4