The phrase is used three times, the most enlightening one being,
Psalm 37:7 “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.”
Do not fret is similar to “Rest in the Lord.” The idea being that it is better to trust in the Lord than to worry about what someone else is doing. The Hebrew has it, charah, basically to “wax hot” in anger etc. As the next election draws ever closer there sure is a lot of “fretting” going on. Some call it frenzied worrying.
The last/final issue of Leadership Journal quoted from one of the first editions with this gem designed to help us to trust/rest in the Lord instead of worrying:
‘The next time you’re down-hurt, discouraged, depressed, try to imagine God with a very worried look on His face, pacing back and forth through heaven, wringing His hands and saying, “My goodness, what are we going to do with Paul Robbins’ problem?’”
Quoted by Marshall Shelly, Editor, last edition of Leadership Journal, Winter 2016.
The Lord has our best interest at heart and the book of Job, along with much more, assures us that even the things that are painful, those that cause loss of material things, or even “face” must cross His desk prior to being implemented in our life. This squares with,
Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Knowing and trusting Jesus means that rather than working ourselves into a dither, we use common, or even expert sense in attempting to work out problems. In the final analysis, we rest, trust, place complete confidence in Christ to use whatever for His glory and our growth.
In some future day we may learn to think, instead of worrying. I find no record of Christ worrying, therefor we need His mind working in ours.
Philippians 2:5 “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,”
Copyright © 2016 Larry Lilly
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