This week when I was asking the Lord what to write about in our blog, He said, “chin ups.” Immediately, without waiting for any further instruction, I thought, “Oh, good idea, God! We’ll talk about building our spiritual muscles – prayer, standing on the Word, walking in faith, fighting the good fight, fellowshipping with other believers, putting on our spiritual armor, and resisting the devil.” He said to me, “Whoa, Lisa Marie, hold your horses! Wait for the rest of the message.” You see, I was getting out ahead of God. In my enthusiasm, I needed to stop and listen to the rest of what He had to say. Then he gave me a picture of someone doing chin up after chin up after chin up, struggling with all of his might (muscles trembling with the exertion) to get his chin over that bar one more time, and then finally coming to the end of his strength and falling into the arms of the Lord. Then I knew that this week God wanted us to focus not on the work but on the rest.
The Scripture says we can do all things through Christ (Phil. 4:13), not ourselves, and it also says that when we have done all, we are to stand (Eph. 6:10-18, esp. v 13). There is a time, when we have stood against the devil by standing on the Word, when we have stood on Scripture for the answer, and when we have prayed and are believing for God’s Word to accomplish what it has been sent forth to do that we must know that we know that we know that God is God -- and we are not. We must know that there comes a time to just stand with patience until we see the answer and rest in the loving arms of our Lord. We have done what we are called to do, and we can’t make everything happen in our own strength, but nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37; Mk. 10:27). Because He loves us so, we can fall off of the chin-up bar and land safely in His arms, and He will sustain us. He will carry us when we feel we cannot take another step or do another chin up. He has compassion on us, and His strength comes through to lift us up in our weakness(2 Cor. 12:9).
God says to us, “Fear not, for I am with you.” (Isa. 41:10) When we feel that we cannot sustain one more crashing wave, one more dark, starless night, one more gale-force wind, one more tornadic attack, one more deep valley, one more looming mountain, God is there. He is our rock and our fortress, our ever-present help in time of need (Psalm 46:1). We can fall into His arms and be surrounded by His love and compassion. He is the rescue we need (Psalm 18:17,19; Psalm 31:2; Psalm 72:12-14; Psalm 91:14). He will carry us to His place of peace and rest. Trust Him. Dear ones, we can only do what we know to do according to the Word, and then we can know that God is ever-faithful, and He will bring the harvest of all of the faith seed we have planted, all of the prayers and believing we have done. He has never failed, and He never will. He will never leave us comfortless (John 14:18) or abandoned (Psalm 27:10). Though the world around you may seem to be in utter chaos, and you feel like you are in the center of a hurricane, keep your eyes upon your Lord. He is your help and protector. You are more dear to Him than the very life of His dear son Jesus. That’s why Jesus paid the sacrifice of death on the cross for every human being! So when you feel you cannot do one more chin up, precious one, fall into the big strong arms of your loving Father and rest; sleep in peace; be still and know that He is God – and you don’t need to be.
God is my rest,