& it’s been a while. hi.
as summer comes to an end & school resurfaces somewhere in the back of my mind, cue the daunting music & dread. a part of me hopes this school year will not be like last year, in which i lose myself in my work & push away God. at the same time, there is an impending sense of inevitability that i will fail over and over again. it’s in these times where my Bible reading has become a source of stability.
Thus says Jehovah, / Heaven is My throne, / And the earth the footstool for My feet. / Where then is the house that you will build for Me, / And where is the place of My rest?
what struck me about this line was that God desires rest. the word rest means to cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength. and if God finds rest in His house, and we are called by Him to build up His house (the church), essentially, God wants to rest in us.
this longing is echoed in the new testament. perhaps there are other places where this is mentioned, but the one that came to me was john 15:4, which begins with, Abide in Me, and I in you….
i think reading the Bible has been a somewhat selfish experience for me. i’m always concentrating on the lines where God doesn’t give me up or God supplies or God is my shepherd, etc. rarely do i ever consider what pleases Him.
so the fact that God–the creator of the universe, an all-powerful being who has everything within His length–is refreshed by something so simple & vulnerable as a dwelling place in us is a very sweet thing.