TAKE NO REST FOR YOURSELF
God requires that we be persistent in our seeking of Him in order to obtain what we want from Him. Why God requires this of His sons is a mystery. God says “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32). But even through it is the Father’s good pleasure to give the kingdom to His little flock He still requires that they seek Him earnestly and persistently.
This is illustrated by the following parable: “Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ “I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence [shamelessness] he will get up and give him as much as he needs. “So I say to you, ask [keep asking], and it will be given to you; seek, [keep seeking] and you will find; knock [keep knocking], and it will be opened to you” (Luke 11:5-9).
Thus although the man asking for bread was a friend of the man in bed, the man in bed would not get up until the man who needed the bread was persistent in asking. This persistence is also translated “shamelessness”, that is ask until you don’t care what you may look like to others. Even though we may be a friend of God (God called Abraham His friend) the Lord requires persistent seeking before He will let go of what is His and give it to His little flock. We therefore cannot even rely on our relationship with God to get what we need-we must ask repeatedly and seek with all out heart. “But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul” (Deuteronomy 4:29). Friend or not we do not find God until we seek Him with all our heart and soul.
We must be so persistent towards God that we take no rest for ourselves and give Him no rest. “On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen; All day and all night they will never keep silent. You who remind the LORD, take no rest for yourselves;
And give Him no rest until He establishes
And makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth” (Isaiah 62:6-7).
Sometimes we become so exhausted spiritually seeking the Lord that we feel we must take a break from God. We feel we just must do something else for a while-take a vacation from God. This, however, is not what God requires of His Sons. He requires that His watchman take no rest, and give Him no rest, until we see the fulfillment of God’s word.
Here the Lord describes His prophet and men of God as “watchman” on the walls guarding the city from attack from enemies. In military situations, falling asleep while on guard duty causes not only potential danger to the army under his guard but is also punishable as an offense. Jerusalem is symbolic of the City of God or the Kingdom of God. In ancient times Jerusalem was the center of activity of Israel and also called the “City of David”, the dwelling of the King. Since Israel was always under waging war during the reign of David, the watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem were important indeed. The guards were constantly on watch and could not relent or rest in performing their protecting task.
In this instance the watchmen had a dual purpose. They were not only to watch over the city but to also, because they were awake, to remind the Lord of His promises. Since there were always watchmen on duty during each watch period there was always someone watching over the city but also reminding the Lord of His promises 24 hours per day. The watchmen mentioned here in Isaiah were symbolic of the man of God who is always watching, always aware and always interceding (praying) for God to do His will in His people.
Not only did they take no rest for themselves, they gave God no rest either. There was always a constant reminder to the Lord of His promises. The 24 hour positioning of watchman, high on the wall, reminding God, was the ultimate expression of the persistence God requires-giving Him no rest like the man in bed who would not get up and give his friend bread. The Hebrew word for rest is silence. “Give Him no silence.” The watchmen were to have no silence (rest) and were not to give God any silence (rest) either. In other words, it doesn’t mean that you stir God up until He has no rest, but it means that God never hears silence from you. He is continually hearing you pester Him.… give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth (Isaiah 62:6,7).
Therefore we are those watchmen on the wall always on duty, always aware, always on alert, always awake and always giving God no silence; no rest. The result of this persistence and giving Him no rest is the fulfillment of His Word on a mighty way.
He promises: “Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man passed through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations. Thou shalt also suck the milk of the nations, and shalt suck the breast of kings; and thou shalt know that I the Lord am thy Savior, and thy Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob. For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron (Isaiah 60:15–17, KJV).
Also: “The LORD has sworn by His right hand and by His strong arm,
“I will never again give your grain as food for your enemies;
Nor will foreigners drink your new wine for which you have labored.”
But those who garner it will eat it and praise the LORD;
And those who gather it will drink it in the courts of My sanctuary” (Isaiah 62:8-9).
This quite a reward for us simply by taking no rest, constantly imploring the Lord and giving Him no silence. Remember, it is always His good pleasure to give us everything we need from Him.
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