REST AND RECOVERY
It is a struggle to die to ourselves. Since this such a tremendously difficult thing to achieve, we like to stay in that horrible place once we have arrived. Some ministries are so difficult that we have to be in the right mindset just to endure the fire. This wrong if the Lord is commanding us to rest.
It is in these moments when the warrior can become frustrated or upset.
Why is God making me sit on the sidelines?
What did I do that was wrong?
Am I being obedient or did I walk away from the battle before it was time?
Why won’t He simply ioll me with the energy required for this ministry so that I have no need for a rest?
How can I die to myself when I am resting?
We must accept the situation that we are in as God’s will. We may be in the Father’s permissive rather than His perfect will; however, He understands the situation completely. If we are attempting to control the situation, we are not completely surrendered to Christ We must retreat and rest when He commands.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
If God is calling you out of the fire for a short recess or a reassignment, accept His loving direction. Rest when He provides the opportunity. The more we fuss and fight, the longer we are required to recharge. We cannot live on adrenalin, caffeine, and simple carbohydrates. Ministry is a marathon – not a sprint. Seasons of rest are designed to reconnect us with God. They are also used for advanced training and discipleship.
Veteran warriors are very precious to the LORD. He has no desire to see us rust out or burnout. We must recognize that He is in charge of our lives We must choose to surrender our calendars completely to the Almighty.
“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with you hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12)
WHY DOES GOD LOVE ME?
I am in awe as I wonder why God decided to love me. What could I offer Him that He does not already have? Who am I, that the Almighty would call me to encourage His people? This is a mystery that I will never understand. Who can fathom love?
“I (the LORD) will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” (Exodus 33:19)
This passage means that God chooses whomever He wants. Since we cannot comprehend His mind, we will never understand why we are chosen to belong to Him. Simply, god’s ways are vastly superior to ours. We are blessed that He loves us.
A poet once said that ‘true love is blind’. Sometimes, I think that it is deaf, dumb, and crazy as well. I may not know why God loves me, but I am certainly not going to try to talk Him out of it. Instead, I choose to walk by faith and bask in the warmth of His perfect love.
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;2 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.3 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
Spend time each day celebrating the Love of God, forgiveness of sins, and His incredible compassion. We are His special creation. He heals our wounded souls. The love of God may transcend our understanding, but it is wonderful.