Today was a beautiful day – the kind that strikes a glory chord in the heavens above and in my heart below. The colours outside are gorgeously muted and contrast the vibrancy of the spiritual colours that are alive within my heart because this morning I witnessed a new spiritual life enter into the deep ‘soul rest’ that is secured upon our salvation. Does your soul need rest? It is no great news that humanity is in search of rest. If you Google words such as inner peace, wholeness, satisfaction, contentment, joy, and more, we see that humanity is in pursuit of a type of rest that reaches past the need for sleep and into the great, cavernous depths of our very beings. We’re searching for ‘soul rest’.
The Marriage That Ushers In The Rest
In Ezekial 16:6-14 there is an albeit gory, yet stunning image of what the marriage looks like between God and His people – the only marriage that will bring us the soul rest that our hearts yearn for. God finds Israel like a newborn baby who is still wallowing in her newborn blood. She’s been abandoned like trash, and helpless to save herself from the impossible circumstances that she’s stranded within. And God notices her, covers her with His ‘wing’ in protective commitment, makes a vow to be faithful to her in sickness and in health, to nurture her until she’s flourishing and advance her to royalty one day. It’s a striking and gorgeous image of God’s saving, protecting, committed and faithful work in our lives when we enter into the soul rest of having a relationship with Him.
God’s Restoring Rest Was Always The Plan
The soul rest that He offers is nothing new. When we look all the way back at creation in Genesis, we see that the six days of creation each had a morning and an evening, yet creation was not considered complete until the seventh day of rest was in place. This seventh day does not have a morning or an evening which means that there is no closure to the seventh day. You see, the soul rest that we experience when we give our lives to Him, has always – since the beginning of time, been open for us to enter into. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
So the question for us today is, Have we come? Will we come? Will we come back? Again? It may be that we are coming for the first time, but it may be that we have sat in Christian circles for several years and can honestly admit in the secrecy of our hearts that we have never had an intimate moment with Jesus where we have asked to enter His saving soul rest. It may be that we have done so in the past, but aren’t certain today.
Today, He sees you where you are. He notices you where you are. He wants to cover you, wash you, and make a vow to you to nurture you until you are flourishing and advance you to royalty to be coheirs to His kingdom one day. This morning was a beautiful reminder that God is still working (John 5) to bring rest to people’s souls. All the way back in Genesis He had a plan to restore the soul rest that was lost in the garden of Eden (Genesis 3:15). His plan to restore this rest was ultimately completed in the coming of Jesus who gave Himself on the cross so that He can give us soul rest now when we come. Today is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6:2) Today is the day to come. As we enter into the Christmas season we remember how Jesus entered into human baby skin to intentionally usher in soul this soul rest for us. Let’s be in prayer today about who we can introduce to our Saviour so that they can enter into the soul rest of a relationship with Him too.