Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Quiet Resting Places

Isaiah 32:18
My people shall dwell in quiet resting places.


Peace and rest belong not to the unregenerate, they are the peculiar possession of the Lord's people, and of them only. The God of Peace gives perfect peace to those whose hearts are stayed upon Him. When man was unfallen, his God gave him the flowery bowers of Eden as his quiet resting places; alas! how soon sin blighted the fair abode of innocence. In the day of universal wrath when the flood swept away a guilty race, the chosen family were quietly secured in the resting-place of the ark, which floated them from the old condemned world into the new earth of the rainbow and the covenant, herein typifying Jesus, the ark of our salvation. Israel rested safely beneath the blood-besprinkled habitations of Egypt when the destroying angel smote the first-born; and in the wilderness the shadow of the pillar of cloud, and the flowing rock, gave the weary pilgrims sweet repose. At this hour we rest in the promises of our faithful God, knowing that His words are full of truth and power; we rest in the doctrines of His word, which are consolation itself; we rest in the covenant of His grace, which is a haven of delight. More highly favoured are we than David in Adullam, or Jonah beneath his gourd, for none can invade or destroy our shelter. The person of Jesus is the quiet resting-place of His people, and when we draw near to Him in the breaking of the bread, in the hearing of the word, the searching of the Scriptures, prayer, or praise, we find any form of approach to Him to be the return of peace to our spirits.
"I hear the words of love, I gaze upon the blood,
I see the mighty sacrifice, and I have peace with God.
'Tis everlasting peace, sure as Jehovah's name,
'Tis stable as His steadfast throne, for evermore the same:
The clouds may go and come, and storms may sweep my sky,
This blood-sealed friendship changes not, the cross is ever nigh."

Devotional by Charles Spurgeon

8 comments:

Denise said...

I enjoyed this devotion.

Adrienne said...

Oh, I needed this today - these words and a quiet resting place! ~Adrienne~

daylily777 said...

I am so glad He is our Peace and it (our peace ) is not dependent on the changing winds of this world .
Great Devotion.
Blessings & Hugs,
~Myrna

Andrea said...

AMEN...needed this, today.
Blessings, andrea

RCUBEs said...

I'm grateful for the Lord's wonderful promises and His truth. Despite the storms of life, we can still find peace and rest deep inside. This is a beautiful devotion. Thank you and God bless you sister!

Karen said...

Beautiful devotion....

theshepherdshouse said...

I loved this devotional ~ Thank you, Cathy!

Blessings,
Sharon

Jodi said...

Oh, Cathy, this was just beautiful!