August 12 The Theology Of Rest
“Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?” Matthew
When we are in fear we can do nothing less than pray to God, but Our
Lord has a right to expect that those who name His Name should have an
understanding confidence in Him. God expects His children to be so confident in
Him that in any crisis they are the reliable ones. Our trust is in God up to a
certain point, then we go back to the elementary panic prayers of those who do
not know God. We get to our wits’ end, showing that we have not the slightest
confidence in Him and His government of the world; He seems to be asleep, and
we see nothing but breakers ahead.
“0 ye of little faith!” What a pang must have shot through the disciples
– ‘Missed it again!’ And what a pang will go through us when we suddenly
realize that we might have produced down right joy in the heart of Jesus by
remaining absolutely confident in Him, no matter what was ahead.
There are stages in life when there is no storm, no crisis, when we do
our human best; it is when a crisis arises that we instantly reveal upon whom
we rely. If we have been learning to worship God and to trust Him, the crisis
will reveal that we will go to the breaking point and not break in our confidence
We have been talking a great deal about sanctification – what is it all
going to amount to? It should work out into rest in God which means oneness
with God, a oneness which will make us not only blameless in His sight, but a
deep joy to Him.