“For as yet you have not come to the rest and inheritance which the Lord your God is giving you…” – Deut. 12:9
In the chapters leading up to this, Moses is sharing with Israel and is recapping their time in the wilderness and the Exodus from Egypt. Now, he is talking with them about crossing the Jordan and possessing the land God has given them and ultimately, rest.
Do you feel at rest today? Rest is a verb and is the original word “nuach” and means free, comfort, settled and waiting quietly. Almost like a peace and quiet in your soul. How do we get to this rest? Moses gave Israel 3 things in this chapter.
1) DESTROYING THE OLD (Deut 12:1-4): In the land God was giving them they were told to destroy all the idols and false gods in the land.
2) BUILDING THE NEW (Deut. 12:5-8): They were told to seek where God wanted them to be so that His name can be praised, not what they wanted. Look more specifically at vs 8 when you read these verses…convicting!
3) CROSSING OVER COMPLETELY (Deut.12:9-14): Moses then explains they will not find rest until they cross over the Jordan into the land but once they do, they will inherit what God has promised.
If you do not have that rest in your life today, what might God be speaking to you about in these scriptures? Have you “destroyed” the old life yet or are you still playing with the world? Are you building the new life He has called you to by seeking Him daily?
Jesus said, “Come to Me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” (Matt.11:28)
If you are not experiencing that rest and quiet of mind and soul today, will you look at these 3 things Moses pointed out carefully? Will you examine them, consider them and be honest about them? And after you do that, will you take the next step the Holy Spirit is speaking to you about? If you do He has promised to give you rest. He has promised to do it, why not take Him up on the offer?