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Exodus 33:12-17 – Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ 13 If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” 14 The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” 15 Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. 16 How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” 17 And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”

rest1What does “rest” look like to you? How do you relax? What helps you to recover your strength? Rest for me is hard. I struggle against being still on a daily basis. My thoughts are constantly in a quest for answers. The “To-Do” List is astronomical. All Moses was asking was for answers, pleading with God and reminding Him of what He had said.

Please. God, SHOW ME! Please, HELP ME SEE! Please, make me understand what is to come! PLEASE, don’t leave me! I just want ONE glimpse of the promise, even though I know the promise I still can’t see it. PLEASE!”

rest3Does that sound familiar? Where is the faith in that? Faith is the evidence of things not seen, a confident assurance of what we know to be true in our hearts. Can we see when the bird lays it’s egg in a nest high in a tree on a beautiful spring morning as the dew peaks on the blades of grass before being sucked into the atmosphere by the rising sun? Can we see into the air as rays of that morning sun travel through space and warm our planet with light? Do we know what that looks like? Can we see the formation of stars in our own galaxy as God speaks them forth? Can we hear the songs of the planets as they move through time and space at one command from their Creator? Can we hear their tune in praise? But we believe! Why is it so hard to know and believe in those things even though we can’t tangibly see them taking place but we cannot believe in the promises God has for our very own lives?

rest4Rest…a state of calm rising from a beautiful heart that is deeply rooted in God.

Rest can be man-made while sitting on the beach, drinking a cup of coffee from the front porch, lying by a waterfall, closing your eyes when they are weak, or just being still, but where is your HEART? What is your mind doing during your fabricated moments of rest? Are you at peace with the promise? Do you believe you are who God says you are? Well, you SHOULD! Why wouldn’t you? We have proof and assurance of God’s presence with us always and it RESTS in the Book you hold and turn to daily…the BIBLE. Jesus promises to show Himself to those who believe. Don’t rest in unbelief. Rest is His goodness!

You can read Exodus 31-40 about the supernatural talents and gifts given to those He equipped, the golden calf and unbelief, the tabernacle and ark at www.biblegateway.com. Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #anewworld #Exodus

rest2To further your reading, and to dive a bit deeper, consider this from Hebrews 11:1-10 – Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. 4 By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead. 5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. 7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith. 8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

God IS who He says He is, and God DOES what He says He will do! His Word has AWESOME power! He did it for all of them! Why can’t He do it for us!

Related Scriptures: Mark 9:24; John 20:24-31; John 10:14-15; 2 Timothy 2:19; Psalm 25:4; Psalm 119:33