Rest; August 13, 2019


Psalm 62:1 My soul finds rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from him.

This verse is echoed in verse five, just changing “hope” for “salvation.” However, the Japanese translation puts a very different slant on them both. It says, “My soul is quiet, just waiting expectantly for God.” That’s all the more striking to me because it was the word, rest, that drew my attention to this in the first place. Right now I feel like I could happily go back to bed for an hour or two! There is actually a deep truth in those seemingly conflicting translations. We won’t really rest until we shut up and let God be God. As the rest of the Psalm proclaims, David had learned from experience that God alone was dependable, and people in particular were unreliable and treacherous. That’s something we do well to remember! Every one of us has been disappointed by people, and we have disappointed others. We have all run into people who, like it says in verse four, bless with their mouths while cursing in their hearts, and we need to be on guard against doing such ourselves. God alone is totally honest, and He can’t deceive Himself. (There’s a philosophical question of whether there is anything an omnipotent God can’t do, but actually there are a handful, and self-deception is one of those.) We need to trust Him enough to shut up and wait for Him to speak and do what He alone knows is best. We have to come to terms with the reality that we simply don’t know, much less have the power to enforce, what is best. Only then can we have the rest our souls need and desire.

Every time this subject comes up I go back to what the Lord told me personally several years ago: rest, relax, rejoice. He has given me many lessons in that since then! I have a photo show starting today, running through the 19th. We set up yesterday, with some details left for this morning, and things went much more smoothly than they have some years. (This is an annual event.) All the same, I was exhausted by the time we got home, as well as dehydrated. Every day for the next week I will be constrained by the gallery schedule, being there to answer visitors’ questions, hopefully selling a few pictures, and most desirably, sharing Christ with those who seem open to such. Having to be there, and waiting through times when no one comes in, are emotionally tiring. I need to be waiting expectantly for whatever God has planned, trusting that He will use me to draw people to Himself in this week, for His glory.

Father, thank You for Your patience in teaching me that I can indeed do nothing apart from You. (John 15:5) Help me indeed rest, relax, and rejoice in You, today and throughout this week, looking forward with anticipation to whatever You have planned, for the sake of the Body of Christ and for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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