Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. Psalms 116:7
Isn’t it interesting that the psalmist was talking to his own soul…reminding himself essentially, that the Lord has always been good to him, and that is a singularly beautiful reason to relax?
I could waste precious time pondering, ‘why does my soul seem to have to be ever reminded to rest in God? He has ever been good to me. I have both read His promises and experienced them firsthand. What is the deal, soul? What gives?’
But dwelling there only seems to bring feelings of having failed yet again on this faith walk, which leads to that troublesome guilt. Guilt robbed me of too many opportunities to be used of God in 2012…feeling guilty I wasn’t spending enough QUALITY time with my kids; feeling guilty I wasn’t keeping my house the way I should (we tend to live in semi-organized chaos); feeling guilty I wasn’t nourishing my family the way I ought to be; feeling guilty for missing the Proverbs 31 mark over and over…
And then, the relief.
All this seeking to be more like Christ while living in human skin is simply useless outside of His Spirit working in and through us. And we can rejoice in that, not wallow in it. We can thus boast in Him, and not in ourselves when we surrender it all and watch Him achieve the victories. Needless to say my most significant 2013 resolution is to dive deep into the Living Water.
I’m so over guilt! As soon as it creeps up, I rebuke it and speak out loud the first scripture that pops into my head. Seriously. And the most miraculous thing happens…it disappears (James 4:7). My thoughts are held captive to obey Christ (2. Corinth. 10:5) and by His authority, they most certainly do.
We are called simply to obey and then wait to be amazed, while the Author and Finisher of our faith, He who commands the angel armies does His thing. In this truth, my soul rejoices…and then finds rest.
What scriptures empower you? I’d be blessed if you’d share them in the comments!
…and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…