This reflection will teach you how to learn to rest in God, just as Jesus rested in the Father.
Rest in God – Reflection in Mark 4:37-38
And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? (Mark 4:37-38).
Maybe this is one of the stories in the Bible where you can see the humanity of Jesus. Because like us, Jesus also got tired, and therefore needed to rest.
However, what stands out most in this story is not only the tiredness of the teacher, but the tranquility with which he was in a situation like this, where everyone else was distressed.
In the Bible when talking about rest, It refers to the fact of having completed the entrusted task. Because only someone responsible and committed to what you are doing, you can go to sleep peacefully after finishing the tasks or duties that you had pending in your day. One of the clear example of this, we see it in chapter 2 of Genesis, at the beginning of the creation story:
And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made (Genesis 2:2).
When the basis of all that God was doing was formed, He decided to rest, that is, He stopped only when he realized that he had finished what he owed.
Something very similar happens to what ants do in summer, after their hard winter work. In the same way it happens with the sower, when he sits down to rest and see the fruits of his harvest.
One of the many teachings that the Lord Jesus left to his disciples, was that he emphasized that he could not waste a minute of his time, because a fundamental purpose to be completed.
I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world (John 9:4-5).
The Lord Jesus completed the mission entrusted to him. He reached the end of his mission, and only after this, Jesus sat down, that is, can he rest today, at the right hand of the Father.
When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost (John 19:30).
So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God (Mark 16:19).
However, in the opening verse (Mk 4:38), we see that Jesus was at that time, a little far from having finished all the work, so what was his rest based on? What was the reason why He was so calm in a situation like that? The answer is simple: “the certainty that he was doing things well, as the Father had commanded him”.
Even knowing that there was much to complete the purpose in general, the Lord Jesus was sure that he was giving his best, that he had not wasted a minute of time, and that no matter the adverse circumstances that might come upon him, God would preserve his life, because I was going to finish what I had determined about him.
Many times people tend to despair in the midst of those storms that appear halfway in the form of difficult situations and we do not rest in God as Jesus did.
In this portion of the word the Lord Jesus Christ wants to teach us to rest in God. And place our trust in Him.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).
In conclusion, there are two very important keys to being in the peace of God.
The first is to pray, to be in communion with God through prayer, just as the Lord Jesus did. Even before the most difficult test, going to the cross for our sins was strengthened by praying.
And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation (Luke 22:44-46).
The other fundamental key is the reading of the word of God, which imparts faith to us, strengthening our trust in God. The Bible says “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom 10:17).
Therefore, if we do not take these fundamental principles into account, we are very likely to find ourselves desperate and distressed in any situation. So like Jesus, let us do what God commanded us to do and rest in the Father.
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).