Then the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest all around. – 2 Chronicles 20v30
Rest. What a great concept. I think most of us can say that we look forward to rest. It might be finishing work for the day, it might be then end of a work week, or it might be a holiday, but rest is something that we all long for.
But then there is that deeper kind of weariness. It is not solved by days off or holidays. We all know the kind of weariness I am talking about.
Jehoshaphat was not perfect. He made foolish alliances; he messed up with his wives. But at the end of the day he had a deep abiding faith. He showed that faith when, faced with insurmountable difficulties, he trusted God with his everything. As a result, there was peace and God gave him rest.
God has a rest for His children. There is the current rest of being able to abide in Him, but there is a full rest coming one day. Our time on earth is nothing when measured with eternity.
One day, those of us who have faith in God to do what He says will have that full, abiding, deep, eternal rest.