Real rest — not in understanding but in trusting.

September 22, 2010

Our children were often too young to grasp the abstract, strategic, and often theological purposes underlying my instruction …

So I did the same thing again and again.  I would kneel down in front of them at eye level and say, “Please look at Daddy’s face.  Do you know how much I love you?  Do you know that your Daddy is not a mean, bad man? … I am sorry that you can’t understand why Daddy is asking you to do this.  I wish I could explain it to you, but you are too young to understand.  So I am going to ask you to do something–trust Daddy …”

God does the same thing with you, over and over again.  He meets you in one of the difficult hallways of your life, kneels down before you in condescending love, and asks you to trust his loving and wise rule, even though you don’t have a clue what he is doing.

He knows there are many times when your life doesn’t look like there is anyone ruling it, let alone someone wise and good … He knows that his plan will confuse and confound you.  And he knows that real rest cannot be found in understanding, because, like my children, there are things, as a limited human being, you simply do not have the capacity to understand.

Real rest is found in trusting the Person who is in control of the things you don’t understand.

(Paul Tripp, Real Lasting Rest)


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