Some time ago I had reason to counsel a friend concerning rest:
I think that resting means not worrying, rather than not working. We were made to take action, to make decisions. Obviously we should seek His will first, but then we have to do something. I don’t see a lot of waiting in the Bible. I see a lot of acting. But I think, under grace, that the acting is different.
- We commit to leave the result to Him.
- Even in the middle of our questioning, we trust that He is leading.
- We already know that our flesh and our weakness get in the way, so we move ahead believing that He will direct and re-direct as necessary.
- When we succeed, He gets the glory. When we fail, we trust that He is glorified even in that.
- We know that the initiative, the strength, the wisdom, the heart—all have to be His if the work means anything. . . and that’s okay with us.
So, resting in the Lord, for me, looks almost the same as work – except for the fussing. If I have to make a decision, I seek Him and then make the decision. I have to trust that He has led me, that He is actively involved in my life right now. Then I have to move forward.