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Finding Rest in God



By Benjamin H. Liles

Truly my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation. ~ Psalm 62:1

It's pretty clear where David sought salvation from. He was always in a position of humbly waiting on God. He told King Saul, before he ever fought Goliath, "Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine" (1 Samuel 17:34-37).

Salvation and deliverance are in the same category. It comes from the same One who dispenses it: in this case David is saying of God, "He delivered me from [death], it is in Him I find salvation." Where do we place our faith and trust in? If it's in the arms of the living God, who bore to us the Messiah, Jesus Christ, through Mary - a virgin - then salvation comes from the Lord. If, however, salvation comes from ourselves we have no reason to believe even a God exists. The Bible would be irrelevant. We would have no reason to have need for a hope or even a future. BUT, that's the caveat. We do have the Bible. We have God's words. Jesus did come down from Heaven. He put sin and death on display at the cross when He bore that penalty for us. Why? Why did the King of the universe put Himself on a crude wooden beam to become sin for us?

Daniel recorded a scene from Heaven like this, "A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him" (Daniel 7:10). But not one angel dared move a finger to save or spare the Messiah from death. Even while Jesus was mocked, it was said, "He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him" (Matthew 27:42). He remained. He chose those nails. The thing of it all is that Jesus' hope was in the Father. It doesn't imply Jesus Himself wasn't One with the Father, as He said - on at least one occasion, "I and the Father are one" (John 10:30). Rather, it was God's will that someone's life be laid down for the lives of many.

There is a prophecy predating all of what Christ accomplished at the cross. I bring up Abraham from time to time. Well, this is an interesting case, and it's also in line with what God's plans were. God promised Abraham a son, an heir to that promise. God commanded Abraham to take his son to Moriah as an offering. He said to Abraham when it was found that he had faith in the living God, "Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me" (Genesis 22:12). Yes, God could have saved His Son, Jesus from death on the cross. But what parent wouldn't give his life for his children?

Wouldn't you go through great lengths to save your child if you saw the danger they were in? Wouldn't you put yourself through the pain and agony of certain death to see your child live? That's why we have hope in God. He bore our punishment, for breaking the Ten Canons, which no one could perfectly keep. This is why we can hope and have faith of where and whom our salvation lie.