Maybe you’ve experienced the scene in a grocery store or as a babysitter or with a younger sibling: a child is told that it’s time to take a nap or go to bed or brush his teeth or whatever. Even though the child is EXHAUSTED and really does need that sleep, fighting the exhaustion to play for 15 more minutes sounds like a better plan. When the parent or babysitter tries again to tell him to get ready for bed he lays on the floor and kicks and screams.
God is telling his people, “Come on! I want to give you rest! You know you need it. You know you want it. Please, just stop fighting me.”
But they will not listen.
Whether it’s the Israelites in the Old Testament who are throwing the temper tantrum or you and me right now, God’s response is the same.
He stands next to us, persistently and patiently loving us. He knows we need the rest. He knows that His plan is better than ours. He knows that His plan is good. But He doesn’t push that on us. No, He stands by waiting for us to wear ourselves out, to give in, to realize that He was right all along and stop fighting. Then He picks us up and says, “Okay, now rest, my child!” And a peace overcomes us and we realize that nothing else really matters anymore.
“May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.” (2 Thess. 3:5)