The previous few ABC posts are entitled: Offer Help Often, Prince of Peace Please Come, and Quiet my Questioning Heart. Today, it’s Rest with Him, Run with Him.
Rest with Him, Run with Him? Long ago, a man named Saul became the appointed king of Israel. The people were proud of King Saul, for he was taller than any of his people from his shoulders upward (I Samuel 10:23). The Israelites wanted Saul to represent strength and power to all the other nations. King Saul did lead mightily for a time but his heart did not rest nor run with the Lord. As a matter of fact, Saul was driven by jelousy and anger because of a young shepherd boy named David who had killed the Philistine giant. The Israelites began to praise David’s name over that of Saul’s, which was infuriating to him. Many times Saul tried to kill David with his own spear, causing David to flee from his presence. Instead of pursuing God, King Saul ran after David; because of this misdirected ambition, his soul never found rest. (I Samuel 18:5-16, 19:9-18)
Rest with Him Run with Him! David, on the other hand, both rested and ran with the Lord. As a young shepherd boy, he learned how to be quiet as he watched over the sheep, and also, he learned how to fight as he protected them from predators. This trust and training is what gave him the confidence to face and then slay Goliath. In time, David became king of Israel. Although his reign was not flawless, his life was marked by receiving forgiveness and then living in obedience to his God. Because of these qualities, God called David “a man after His own heart.” (See Psalm 23, 18:28-36)
When looking at these two men, it is safe to say that if you’re not running with the Lord, you’re restless. Saul was fitful because his mind was full of jealousy; this emotion drove his actions. But David knew how to be still before the Lord. In the quiet, he poured out his heart and knew he was heard. We see much of his raw emotion and his absolute trust thoughout the pages of the psalms. After David poured out, God was able to pour in.
Friends, let’s learn how “to be” and how “not to be” from these two men. What controls your thoughts, and then possibly your actions? Are your restless because things aren’t quite the way you think they ought to be? Are you trying to manipulate or control someboday or a certain situation? Be still, bring all your hurts and all your desires before the Lord. Daily rest with Him, so that you can daily run with Him.
For thus the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said, “In repentance and rest you will be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength.” But you were not willing. Isaiah 30:15