• William T. Howe Ph.D.

April 6, 2021

Daily Reading: II Samuel 4-7

2 Samuel 7:1 And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the LORD had given him rest round about from all his enemies;

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. This is that which David wrote in Psalm 23. He knew what he was talking about. As a lad, David was a shepherd, he knew how to care for the sheep. He knew how to lead them, how to care for them, how to keep them healthy. After becoming king, winning all the battles, and securing the kingdom, he had rest. This rest was given to him from the Lord.

The Lord God was David's Shepherd. He was the Good Shepherd, the Great Shepherd, and the Chief Shepherd. And He still is. The same God that gave David rest offers you rest today. Proof? Jesus said, Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28) This invitation is still valid today. Still out there for anyone to reach out and grab.

Years ago an old-time preacher gave his testimony, it went something like this. On my first day of Bible college all of the incoming students were told to stand up and give their testimony. I didn't think I had one for I didn't know what a testimony was. All of the students rose and gave wonderful stories of how they were saved, born again into the kingdom of God. One by one they spoke, each one better than the last. Finally it was my turn. I stood up and said in my natural, strong, and very country, southern drawl, "I retched up and He retched down." Then I sat down.

Friend finding the rest of eternal salvation is simply that, reaching up by faith knowing that God would reach down and save you. But not only that, once salvation is obtained there is a rest for the child of God. This rest is likened to the Promise Land. It's available to all who will simply reach up and grab it, as God reaches down to give it.

Yes, David was a shepherd who knew the job well, who saw the Lord God as his Shepherd. As the Shepherd he gives us rest. But carefully notice something about this rest. Psalm 23 says. he maketh me to lie down in green pastures. One thing I have learned in life is that each person needs rest. Some more, some less. If we do not lay ourselves down and rest properly, He will make us lay down and rest properly.

Regardless, God gave David rest in his day and Jesus offers you rest today. Even in the very last book of the Bible we read... And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. (Revelation 14:13). As you read the Bible you will find the word "rest" sprinkled throughout, all the way from Genesis to Revelation. It's a part of life, a needed part of life which is available through Jesus Christ the Lord.

Until tomorrow, rest in Christ today.

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