What exactly does it mean to “rest” in the Lord? Are we all supposed to take long naps and do nothing? At the root of the word “rest” is the meaning to stay or remain in one place, free from what disquiets us. John 15:4 explains it so well, “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” Resting in the Lord means to stay completely one with Him, never leaving that space or place where you and He are one and the same. He knows your thoughts and quiets you with His.
A terrific personal barometer of how well you are “resting” in the Lord comes from 2 Thessalonians 3:16 that says, “The Lord of peace himself will give you peace at all times an in every way.” So whether you are splashing in ankle-deep water in a cool brook or swimming alone in the deepest place of the ocean against a formidable current, God’s peace can always rule and reign in your heart. The power of His peace is what allows you to live obedient to His command to not be anxious for anything (Philippians 4:6)!
Are you living upset, frustrated, or worried? God’s peace is your promised inheritance! Peace is a place that is only found in Jesus. Stop agreeing with the enemy about your fears and frustrations and ask the Lord to teach you how to remain in the power of His peace at all times. Run like a small child to the Father’s lap and stay there until He allows you to see your circumstances through His all-powerful, all-knowing eyes. Allow Him to show you the infinite extent of His unfailing love and faithfulness towards you. Upgrade your fearful thoughts by trading them in for His eternal perspective. Insist on your inheritance of deep, lasting peace by living determined to remain in Christ no matter what!