by Nancy Lindgren
The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest. – Exodus 14:14 (AMP)
Do you ever feel like you’re standing at the edge of the Red Sea knowing that the Promised Land is coming through a mighty miracle but you can also see the whites of the eyes of the enemy? The battle is real. The pressure is mounting. Movement needs to happen.
The command to be peaceful and remain at rest doesn’t make sense. We want to do something. We want to pick up our own swords and go to battle. Do we really believe this great promise, “The Lord will fight for you”?
I’m standing in that place today. I’m asking God for a miracle. I don’t see the answer yet but I believe it’s coming. To remain at rest is a lifestyle. It’s living a fully surrendered life of prayer, praise and preparation.
Through prayer we acknowledge that we desperately need God and are so dependent on Him. When we praise, we fix our eyes on who He is. We are reminded of His great attributes, character, and nature. In preparation, we tune our ear to His quiet whispers and we get our supplies ready so we can move when He says “the time has come.”
To remain at rest is living out these three practices on a consistent basis.
For me, it looks like this:
Daily: Start every morning with Jesus … before anything else. In the middle of the day, put my feet up and close my eyes for at least 10 minutes for physical rest. It’s my way of reminding myself that the Lord is fighting for me as I rest in Him. End my day reading God’s Word and letting that be the last thing I think about. Ask God to speak to me even at night … that I might hear His whispers.
Weekly: Have a Sabbath day of rest where I set aside “work” and keep my mind from planning or emailing. I might read a book or go on a hike with my husband – anything that might refresh my Spirit and refuel me for the week ahead.
Monthly: Schedule a “Come Away” day with Jesus. Get out of the house and go to a new spot where I can truly hear from the Lord and enjoy Him. I love to be creative with these days. They are so fun and always bring great joy to my heart.
Jan/May/Sept: I take three days, three times a year for prayer and fasting to listen to the Lord and ask His direction for the next season. I have experienced some mighty miracles that have come from these times of focused and intentional time with Jesus. I hear and see more clearly when I include fasting in this time.
I would love to hear from you! What does remaining at rest look like for you? What are some practical ways you are living a life of rest?
One thing I know to be true ...
My soul finds rest in God alone. – Psalm 62:1
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