God's rest

There is this place in life where there can be tremendous peace despite whatever circumstances and situations are going on. I think it is what the writer of Hebrews is talking about when he talks about entering God's rest. I think this is the way life was meant to be lived. I think it too often takes things getting so out of control in our life that we have to have God take over. So we throw it all into His hands finally. It seems that while we think we have a chance at controlling everything we will. Meanwhile, things continually get more and more out of control. And it isn't until we let it go, and put into God's hands AND LEAVE IT THERE that the issue starts to be resolved. I remember hearing a pastor say the key was to praise God for how he is taking care of the situation every time a thought comes up about the situation (of course, pray for it too). That really does work. And life becomes more peaceful. We do what we can and praise God for how He will work out what we can't. I think entering God's rest would have to be impossible without applying what Jesus said in John 15 about abiding.

What happens all too often is that we expect to see God's miraculous power, lots of answers to prayer, etc. but we are living without abiding in God. For God to be working in that situation would be to violate what He said in John 15, "Apart from Me you can do nothing." Instead of seeking after the fruit (answered prayer, prosperity, etc.), I think it would be wiser to seek after the giver of those things. And then as we "Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart." - Psalm 37:4 (if I recall correctly)