“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.” (Psalm 37:7).
In the old creation, the week began with work and ended with Sabbath rest. The resurrection week begins with the first day, first rest, then labour.
So we must first cease from our own works as God did from His, and enter into His rest, and then we will work, with rested hearts, His works with effectual power.
But why “labour to enter into rest”? See that ship, how restfully she sails over the waters, her sails swelling with the gale, and borne without an effort! And yet, look at that man at the helm. See how firmly he holds the rudder, bearing against the wind, and holding her steady to her position. Let him for a moment relax his steady hold and the ship will fall listlessly along the wind. The sails will flap, the waves will toss the vessel at their will, and all rest and power will have gone. It is the fixed helm that brings the steadying power of the wind. And so He has said, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee because he trusteth in Thee.” The steady will and stayed heart are ours. The keeping is the Lord’s. So let us labour to enter and abide in His rest.
I thought about the days sailing from Bequia to mainland St. Vincent on the MV Friendship Rose and couldn’t help taking the word as our reminder in this life. Today let Jesus be your Captain and the Holy Spirit in your sails and see what Emmanuel can do for you.