Monday, October 25, 2010

Quiet Morning.

I woke up an hour early this morning to just enjoy the fall-ness of the new day. I don't want to get ready to go to class this morning, or go (for that matter); I just want to sit and reflect and pray, and read, and journal. Sometimes the weekend doesn't actually help you get caught up or rest. Sometimes it's just a continuation of your previous, very busy week. Not going is not really an option, and by the time next weekend rolls around it will be crammed with its own nonstop plans. So, finding time for rest, peace, and quiet is hard.  
"The Lord replied 'My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.'" --Exodus 33:14
Our rest must be in Him. I think we need to remember that busy-ness is not necessarily a good thing or a bad thing. The Lord requires us--all of us--all of our heart--mind--soul--all of our time--all of our possessions or means. We are to give everything we have and are to Him and let Him use it how He wills. Our absolute surrender to Him is the only proper response to Him. Without it, we cannot know God as we were created to in the first place. 
"We are saved from our sins by a free gift of grace, something that only God can do in us and that we cannot manufacture ourselves. But that gift of grace involves the gift of a new heart. New desires. New longings. For the first time, we want God. We see our need for Him, and we love Him. We seek after Him, and we find Him, and we discover that He is indeed the great reward of our salvation. We realize that we are saved not just to be forgiven of our sins or to be assured of our eternity in Heaven, but we are saved to know God, So we yearn for Him. We want Him so much that we abandon everything else to experience Him. This is the only proper response to the revelation of God in the gospel." --David Platt//Radical (p.39)

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