Paul tells us in Philippians 3:1 that for the rest, we are to delight ourselves in the Lord and to continue to rejoice that we are in Him. He also says that for him to repeat the same thing is not irksome to himself, rather it is a precaution for our safety.
How often have we read that verse and just carried on with the rest of the chapter where we read all about joy and counting things loss in order to possess the priceless privilege, the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth and supreme advantage of knowing the Lord Jesus Christ?
I read the verse the other day and saw “that for the rest” – the rest is the Rest of God, that place in our souls that leans and reposes upon Him.
To attain , walk in and live in the rest of God our responsibility is to delight ourselves in the Lord and to continue to rejoice. We are rejoicing because we are in Christ – we are in the midst of overwhelming preciousness, we are in the center of surpassing worth and supreme advantage. We are known intimately and loved perfectly. Can there ever be a greater joy than that!
Just as the Israelites of old had the good news of deliverance from bondage preached to them, so have I. The message the Israelites heard did not benefit them though because it was not mixed with faith.
The only two who chose to lean their entire personalities on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom and goodness were Joshua and Caleb. Joshua and Caleb were willing to conquer the giants in the new land and they overcame them by choosing to believe and trust God. Like David using a slingshot, empowered by trust, slaying the giant Goliath in the name of the Lord.
Joshua, Caleb and David conquered their giants because they were living in the rest of God. In that place of rest is victory, peace and a right experiential knowledge of God and who we are in Him.
In that place of assured trust is Joy. Simple, pure delight in knowing we are loved by a God who has an intimate, everlasting love for us.