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Not Yet at Rest

March 8, 2011

Bible Verse:

“…for you have not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance that the LORD your God is giving you” (Deut. 12:9).


It is richly instructive and deeply sanctifying to ponder that the heavenly rest is still future. When told that we have not yet come to the rest and to the inheritance which the Lord our God gives us, we are gently reminded that we each have a niche in life to occupy, a sphere to fill, a mission to perform. The idea of personal responsibility, of individual influence, and of persevering action, instantly comes to mind.

“Not yet in heaven … then what am I here for? Surely it is for an end in harmony with my intellectual and spiritual being, and worthy of him who still detains me on earth. It must be that I have something to do for Christ, or something to endure for Christ—an active or a passive part to play. Lord, what will you have me to do or suffer for you?”

Oh, there is a incalculable depth of divine wisdom in the arrangement that keeps you out of heaven so long. The world needs you; and you need the world. It needs you to illumine and sanctify it; you need it as the field of your conflict and as the school of your sanctification. You need the world, not as a hermit’s cell, but as a vast theater where before angels and men your faith is developed—in the achievements of prayer, in the triumphs of faith, in the labors of love, and in the endurance of suffering.

From Morning Thoughts for Today, 2.20.11, at

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