~* JESUS, I AM RESTING, RESTING *~
Jean Sophia Piggot, 1845-1882

For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.
Isaiah 30:15

John Wesley, the flaming evangelist of the 18th Century, once stated that Christians must "learn to live with a slack rein". If that were true then, it is even more necessary in the hectic pace lived today. We all need times of relaxation, rest, and renewal. Even Christian workers can experience "burn-out" while engaged in worthwhile activities for God.

Resting in Jesus is an important development in our Christian maturity. It is something we must learn to practice daily regardless of life's pressures and circumstances. It must be in the present tense, not a nostalgic memory from the past. Although this principle is easier stated than practiced, we must consciously learn to relax and enjoy God's presence; to allow God to absorb our inward worries and conflicts; to allow Him to energize us with His love and power. One of the best times for this is during our daily devotions. Take time to meditate on Him, on His Word. And take an extra portion of this restful time with Him on the weekend, made up of the Sabbath, which God instituted Creation week, and the Lord's Day, when believers celebrate the resurrected Lord, not just on Resurrection Sunday, but on the first day of every week of the year!

The author of this thoughtful text, Jean Sophia Pigott, was born and lived in Ireland. She wrote this text in 1876. The composer, James Mountain, was an English Baptist minister, writer, and musician. He is best remembered today for several of his surviving hymn tunes, including Everlasting Love (I am His, And He is Mine), Tranquility (the tune to this hymn), and Wye Valley (Like a River Glorious).

The story is told of Hudson Taylor, missionary statesman to China, in the terrible days of the Boxer uprising there. As one report followed another of mission stations being destroyed and missionaries massacred, Taylor remained quietly at his desk, singing softly these words that he loved so dearly:

Jesus, I am resting, resting,
In the joy of what Thou art;
I am finding out the greatness
Of Thy loving heart.
Thou hast bid me gaze upon Thee,
And Thy beauty fills my soul,
For by Thy transforming power,
Thou hast made me whole.

O, how great Thy loving kindness,
Vaster, broader than the sea!
O, how marvelous Thy goodness,
Lavished all on me!
Yes, I rest in Thee, Belovèd,
Know what wealth of grace is Thine,
Know Thy certainty of promise,
And have made it mine.

Simply trusting Thee, Lord Jesus,
I behold Thee as Thou art,
And Thy love, so pure, so changeless,
Satisfies my heart;
Satisfies its deepest longings,
Meets, supplies its every need,
Compasseth me round with blessings:
Thine is love indeed!

Ever lift Thy face upon me
As I work and wait for Thee;
Resting ’neath Thy smile, Lord Jesus,
Earth’s dark shadows flee.
Brightness of my Father’s glory,
Sunshine of my Father’s face,
Keep me ever trusting, resting,
Fill me with Thy grace.

CHORUS:
Jesus, I am resting, resting,
In the joy of what Thou art;
I am finding out the greatness
Of Thy loving heart.



*For Today*: Psalm 23:3; Isaiah 32:17; Matthew 11:28; Hebrews 4:9

Determine to spend some time each day in refreshment and renewal of your body, mind, and spirit through reading and meditating on the Word of God.

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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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