Mary D. James, 1810-1883

For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
Psalm 27:5

Once my hands were always trying,
Trying hard to do my best;
Now my heart is sweetly trusting,
And my soul is all at rest.
By: A.B. Simpson

Evangelist D.L. Moody once observed that there are three kinds of faith a Christian can have: a struggling faith, a clinging faith, or a resting faith. A resting faith is not some mystical feeling that we might experience at times in a church service or during a spiritually high moment. It is simply the daily repose of a life that has learned to relax and be comfortable in God's providential care. Such an attitude is the result of ceasing to live for self and choosing to live solely for God's glory.

Medical professionals have long realized the relationship that exists between a happy, calm spirit and a healthy body. Doctors have often stated that many of our physical problems are caused by undue stress. How important it is then, even for our own well-being, to relax and rest in God, to trust Him implicitly regardless of the circumstances. Since we were created in His image, we are able to find fulfillment and true contentment only as we learn to enjoy His daily fellowship. That is the "resting faith" Moody was talking about.

In the rifted Rock Iím resting;
Safely sheltered, I abide.
There no foes nor storms molest me,
While within the cleft I hide.

Long pursued by sin and Satan,
Weary, sad, I longed for rest.
Then I found this heavínly shelter,
Opened in my Saviorís breast.

Peace which passeth understanding,
Joy the world can never give,
Now in Jesus I am finding;
In His smiles of love I live.

In the rifted Rock Iíll hide me
Till the storms of life are past;
All secure in this blest refuge,
Heeding not the fiercest blast.

Now Iím resting, sweetly resting,
In the cleft once made for me.
Jesus, blessŤd Rock of Ages,
I will hide myself in Thee.

*For Today*: Deuteronomy 33:27; Joshua 1:9; Psalm 38:4, 46:1, 57:1, 62:7; Proverbs 17:22; Hebrews 4:11

If your faith in God is something other than a "resting faith", ask Him to help you move up into this higher spiritual realm. Thank Him for His willingness and ableness to help.

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Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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