Isaiah 32:18, “And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.”
A quiet resting place! Doesn’t that sound idyllic? It sounds like a wonderful vacation, to me. But let’s get back to the real life. It’s not always quiet when you have lots of children around you. There is often so much to do that life doesn’t seem like a rest! I know that I would have to go away for a vacation to have a rest from my busy life around here.
And yet this is what God calls our homes—resting places. I don’t think it is necessarily a rest from noise and activity (although we need these respites from time to time). I believe it is a rest from fear. A rest from tension and strife. A rest from anger, bickering and fighting. A rest from complaining and grouching. These are the things that put strain upon your home. It’s not the noise of children; it’s not the hard work—it is the wrong attitudes! They cause frustration and vexation of soul more than outward circumstances.
Jesus gave us a wonderful invitation to rest, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Do you notice there are two rests He calls us into? Firstly, the rest of sins forgiven when the burden of the guilt of sin is rolled away. Secondly, you can experience a deeper rest in your soul as you take His yoke upon you and learn of Him. As the ocean is calm underneath even though the violent storm tosses the waves above, so you can experience a deep rest in your soul even when the waves of turmoil billow over you. You can have a rest of spirit in your home, even in the midst of noise and the bustle of activity.
Of course God also wants us to have times of literal rest, too. The evenings should be quieter times of family togetherness. My daughter Evangeline’s home is not always quiet with her eight children (and she is the rowdiest of them all!) but when they come in for supper time, she expects them to change from being cowboys, Indians, pirates, or army guys etc. and welcomes them into twilight zone. She dims the lights and lights the candles in the winter time to promote the quieter atmosphere.
God also gives us one day a week to rest from our work and the busyness of the week. This also helps to make your home a resting place.
Another Scripture where God calls our home a resting place is Proverbs 24:15, "Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous, spoil not his resting place.” God does not want anyone or anything to spoil your home. Deal severely with anything that spoils the rest in your home. Are you harboring a bad attitude to someone? Forgive and put it right. Are you mad with your husband? Forgive and take a humble attitude. Are you complaining about anything and everything? Get your attitude right. It’s not worth spoiling the rest in your home. 2 Chronicles 23:21 tells us how the land if Israel was quiet when they got rid of evil.
Don’t be like the Israelites. God called them to rest but they would not receive it. “In returning and rest shall you be saved, in quietness and confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.” (Isaiah 30:15) Perhaps you are too busy doing things out of the home that you have no time to create peace in your home. When you return home you will find rest. Zechariah 10:6 Knox says, “In their own home, says the Lord, I will give them rest.”
Love from NANCY CAMPBELL
“Dear Lord, please show me the attitudes in my heart and in the things in my home that spoil the rest. Give me strength to get rid of them for I want my home to be a resting place for everyone in my home and all who come to visit .Amen.”
In the midst of lots of noise
I will never lose my poise,
Although my work may never cease
I will never lose my peace!