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Trust in the Lo…

Trust in the Lord, and do good;
dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
~Psalm 37:3-4

What is the Lord wanting to cultivate in you this summer as you dwell where He has you?

Reflections on the Sabbath

Gordon MacDonald, in his renowned book Ordering Your Private World, describes not only our need for biblical rest but also the necessary steps we must take to receive the gift of that spiritual rest:

“What is strange about our general fatigue as a people is the fact that we are also such a leisure-oriented society. . . . Since we have not understood that rest is a necessity, we have perverted its meaning, substituting for the rest that God first demonstrated things called leisure or amusement.  These do not bring any order at all to the private world.  Leisure and amusement may be enjoyable, but they are to the private world of the individual like cotton candy to the digestive system.  They provide a momentary lift, but they will not last.

I am not by any means critical of the pursuit of fun-filled moments, diversion, laughter, or recreation.  I am proposing that these alone will not restore the soul in the way that we crave.  Although they may provide a sort of momentary rest for the body, they will not satisfy the deep need for rest within the private world” (193-94).

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“. . . Sabbath means a deliberate acceptance of personal rest and tranquility within the individual life.  Sabbath means a rest that brings peace into the private world.  As Christ pressed stillness into a storm, order into the being of a demon-possessed maniac, health into a desperately sick woman, and life into a dead friend, so He seeks to press peace into the harried private world of the man or woman who has been in the marketplace all week.  But there is a condition.  We must accept this peace as a gift and take the time to receive it” (203, italics added).

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“Thus, rest is not only a looking back at the meaning of my work and the path I have so recently walked in my life; but is also a refreshing of my belief and commitment to Christ.  It is a fine tuning of my inner navigational instruments so that I can make my way through the world for another week” (199).

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Brothers and sisters, let us “enter the rest” that the Father offers (Hebrews 4) and embrace the moments weekly where grace and truth are understood, obedience is practiced, and, in the words of William Wilberforce, “ambition is stunted.”