Rest – The unexpected fruit of Pain

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Consider Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God” The value of this passage is only discovered in loss. And the loss is God’s gift. His love transfers us from security in ourselves to security in Him. This transition is painful. The deeper we are drawn into His love the further we drift from our controls and a bizarre economy emerges. Postures of “Anxiety” and “Fear” rise, while we simultaneously begin to learn “Trust” and “Faith”.

When God unhitches us from the dock and sets us drifting, we assume he will return us back to the shore.

But when the shoreline diminishes a horrible fear sets in. Striving and squirming rise to feverish levels. “I must paddle back to land, I must recover control and the familiar.” All of our paddling and striving will never over power the providential wind. Loss surrounds us. “Be still, and know that I am God”

The truth and beauty of the Gospel is learned through loss. God’s greatest benevolence often comes in the unrecoverable shoreline. All is Lost. All is gained

Simply put: Your knowledge of God’s love is crippled by your adoration of independence. Loss destroys independence. It reveals us as needy creatures.

I confess that loss makes me angry. I love my controls. But I am learning that Love draws me, both gently and tight to a growing self forgetfulness.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: β€œFor your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our LordRomans 8:35-39 esv

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