Shalom: I trust that the love of God has you surrounded on every side, for you bear His name; and is it not written that the Name of the Lord is a strong tower to which the righteous run and are safe?
Our God keeps His promises: He keeps His word; for righteousness and justice are the foundations of His throne.
1 Kings 8
56 Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.
God is a promise keeper:
Whatever you need to live the life God has predestined for you, you have in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.
This message began on Sunday in the Upperroom fellowship with an invitation sent by Jesus to “Come all we that labour and are heavy laden, and in Him we’d find rest” for Christ is “Rest” Himself.
I believe we’ve all accepted His invitation wholeheartedly, so today let’s look at what a life at rest in Christ looks like.
21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.
22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
23 They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.
24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.
Let me direct your attention to some keywords in the portion of scripture above: Below are descriptions of a life at rest in Jesus Christ.
Build houses and inhabit them
Plant vineyards and eat the fruit of them
Enjoy the work of your hands
Not labor in vain
Not be trouble causers but the blessed of the Lord: Your children too shall share in this blessing.
He promises to answer before we call: Literally anticipating our every move so He guarantees our wellbeing because we trust Him and are at rest in Him.
And can you imagine a wolf and lamb feeding together; and a lion eating the food of horses and cows?
Can you picture this kind of peace?
Well, there are things that only God can do because He formed every created thing.
How often do you labor and slave away at whatever you do and have nothing to show for it except weariness and exhaustion?
Well, God promises to give you and I a life that can only be achieved if we do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
Our next portion of scripture focuses on the first 20 years of Solomon’s reign as King of Israel.
Another example of a life at rest.
1 Kings 4
24 For he had dominion over all the region on this side the river, from Tiphsah even to Azzah, over all the kings on this side the river: and he had peace on all sides round about him.
25 And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beersheba, all the days of Solomon.
26 And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.
27 And those officers provided victual for king Solomon, and for all that came unto king Solomon’s table, every man in his month: they lacked nothing.
29 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore.
Solomon had dominion over territory too big to measure, and fellow Kings too: He also had rest on every side:
Solomon had so many riches, and all in Israel lacked nothing.
Even his subjects had rest, lived in their own homes, and prospered under his reign.
Because Solomon trusted God, walked in obedience, He was “greatly established”: This phrase is constantly used in Kings to describe his reign.
And because he was at peace and rest, he could build God a house, something David was denied because his entire life was marked by war.
There are assignments you can only do when at rest in God.
When restless, you cannot even clearly hear God because you’re constantly second guessing yourself.
1 Kings 5
3 Thou knowest how that David my father could not build an house unto the name of the LORD his God for the wars which were about him on every side, until the LORD put them under the soles of his feet.
4 But now the LORD my God hath given me rest on every side, so that there is neither adversary nor evil occurrent.
I love this last verse where Solomon says that God has given him rest on every side, and he has no enemy, or evil disturbing his life.
In the beginning, God cursed us to be restless for the rest of our days when we ate the tree of good and evil:
16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
But knowing only He can save us, he invites us to His rest: His redemption, his righting of every wrong on our part and basically wiping our slate clean as though turning back time.
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
For you and I, there can only be one desire, God: Only Jesus by the Holy Spirit.
Daniel shared that the blood of Jesus is our currency in the Kingdom of God.
Nothing defines success more than the salvation of our souls.
Without rest, one cannot have faith in God.
Let’s labor to enter into rest and not allow ourselves to take our eyes off of Jesus.
We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
Tomorrow we shall end this message by looking at “Restlessness”
Father in heaven, who is like you in all of creation?
The heavens declare your glory, and all created things bow in reverence, at the mention of your name.
I am a flower quickly fading, here today and gone tomorrow: You’re all that gives me significance: Lead me to the rock that is higher than I and teach me to keep my eyes locked on yours forever in Jesus’s name.
I surrender all and rest in you my friend in Jesus’s name, Amen.
Shalom and goodnight