So often our first inclination is to go on the offensive and ready ourselves for battle when hit with challenging circumstances. We somehow believe the more forceful we are, the faster we can push through to the other side.
There’s a subtle yet powerful line in the worship song Yes and Amen that says, “I will rest in Your promises; my confidence is Your faithfulness.”
Ironically, it’s not all out attack that propels true spiritual warriors forward. Rather, they break through enemy lines by their own ability to rest in the LORD.
Rest allows us time and space to wait on the LORD even in the most trying of circumstances. The enemy seeks to pull us out of rest by getting us to act too quickly to events. When we allow that, we are reacting to the situation and not responding to the LORD.
Rest is a weapon. As Christians, we should be incredibly peaceful, tranquil, and calm. The enemy cannot penetrate the armor of a person at rest in God because they are anchored by the inner life of the Spirit.
Rest and waiting on the LORD are not inactivity – rather they are the foundation whereby we understand that our inheritance as a child of God is complete confidence in Him. This confidence in His nature puts our spirit at rest.
All of God’s promises are designed to inspire us in our dependence on Him.
Spiritual warriors wait. They know that confidence comes from the LORD.
His joy is a source of strength.
Source: Qualities of a Spiritual Warrior by Graham Cooke