REST

Exod. 33:14-16 – And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us?

Moses had had quite enough. He had been through the threats of Pharaoh, the challenge of the magicians, plagues of flies, frogs, rivers turning to blood. After that he dealt with doubting and complaining Israelites, rebellious leaders, and a drunken party that looked like Mardi Gras. He told the Lord I can deal with all of this stuff and even the threat of resistance of enemies but there was one thing Moses couldn’t do. He could not face another step of this journey without an assurance that God would go with him. The Lord reassured Moses that His Presence would go with him and the Lord would give Moses rest in the midst of the journey. Dick Mills breaks down the word rest from the Hebrew Bible. This gives us insight into God’s promise.

“give rest, nu’ach; To rest, settle down; to be soothed or quieted; to be secure; to be still; to dwell peacefully. This verb occurs about 65 times, first in Gen. 8:4, which states that the ark rested on the mountains of Ararat. Nu’ach is the verb that describes the Spirit of God resting upon the Messiah (Is. 11:2), or upon the 70 elders of Israel (Num. 11:25). The name “Noah” (“Rest-Giver,” or “Comforter”) is derived from nu’ach. In the present reference, God’s presence will give rest to His people, that is, His presence soothes, comforts, settles, consoles, and quiets us.”

His presence soothes, comforts, settles, consoles, and quiets us. This is all Moses needed; that is all any of us need. Presently, we are all going through uncharted waters dealing with the Corona virus pandemic. If we are worried He soothes us, if we are hurting He comforts us, if we are disturbed He settles us, if we are anxious He consoles us, and if we are restless He quiets us. The Presence of God literally marks us as a people. The only difference between us and the rest of the Lord is that the Lord literally goes with us.

4 Replies to “REST”

  1. I need His rest…I am getting tired…of all that goes with the situation we are facing today!
    Jesus, let your Nu’ach rest on me, my family and my friends…unless you go with us daily, we will not get through these very difficult times and situations! Amen

  2. I must admit, the temptation to go home has been intense these past few days as I feel I should go back and help my family and spend time with Laila now that I’m finally in a position to help and not just be a burden. But God called me out from there, in one sense it’s Egypt, in another..home. But I know that in order to follow Jesus I must let go of my plans and trust that He is directing my steps. I trust that He will take care of my family and sorrowfully release the idea that I have control or that I know what’s best into Your Hands, Abba. We must prove our faith by our actions and not just words, we must say not my will but Your Will be done Lord! I also know that my family here at Victory stands with me and together we are stronger!! I choose to abide and not scatter, even if it rips my heart out… When I don’t understand I will choose You! His Presence is overwhelming and cleansing as we die to ourselves. I am forever grateful that I was called to Victory, this place is everything to me!! I feel another layer fall off……glory to glory Jesus!!

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