“…give no rest UNTIL he has a dwelling place…” Rev 21, 22
I wonder what these words paint in your mind, what picture does it cultivate. As the words are read what is sculpted in your imagination?
There is an implication for us all to do something with these words; an act of disturbance, a work of not allowing settlement, a challenge of activity with a goal of an “UNTIL” in mind. Take all you have and all you know, all your ability and apply it to disrupting yourself, your acquaintances, deep friends, family and even God, UNTIL an end is reached.
When you are young the UNTIL must be in the fore front of your mind, it is the goal by which the Father requires us to make our focus, our first thought, our life’s ambition and longing “…seek first…”. Don’t settle back as you get older then, as the years go by be careful not to join the status quo, be mindful not to think it is some one else’s turn or responsibility. GIVE NO REST, it is not a time to retire or go on holiday, nothing wrong in them but keep the aim of God until our Father receives the goal of his course. It is said of Jesus “…for the joy set before him…” of Paul “…I press on towards…”, it is too easy to make an excuse why we have done enough, it is too easy to say “this one and that one hurt me”. To blame others, but these words sculpt in our heart’s “…GIVE NO REST…”
The Father, our God, the God who is so committed to being UNITED with you and me, that God left his abode and created a universe, so that God the Father would be one with us. God was so given to this that God HUMBLED God to bring it about. David in Psalms utters this, in the light of the God of grace he met, the Divine that left the Mountain and came to humanity, leaving the high abodes to join us in our ordinary lives. David overwhelmed by this Father God and says “…give no rest UNTIL God has a dwelling place…”
God has a dwelling place in our union with God, we should take nothing else on, no other agenda, no other view,no other self-centredness or other good cause until God has a dwelling place, this is the root foundation of all true good causes and should be our only cause. God have a dwelling pace in me, a UNION with me, that God has a dwelling pace in the people of God, one with the bride, the ecclesia of God, that God has a dwelling place in creation, that Christ might fill all in all. It really is about the dwelling place of God. We understand this by the time we read Revelation 21, 22 I saw a city, that turns to a bride and a declaration “…I will be their God and they will be my people and I will dwell in their midst…” Father God has the dwelling place and the UNTIL has come.
Restoration is about the dwelling place of God. A little personal discomfort until, my sleep, rest, my home will be realised when the Father receives the dwelling place.
There is a major “UNTIL” here, until God has a dwelling place is this not the New Testament declaration, the words of Acts 3 that Jesus will remain in heaven UNTIL a time of Restoration. That Jesus will be held UNTIL his enemies are made a footstool, I wonder?
The “…dwelling place…” is about taking away the disgrace from the walls of the city of God, it is about building the walls of the city in Nehemiah, it’s the work of Jesus, it the prayer we pray “….let heaven come to earth…” it is let your dwelling place be found.
Even the goal of maturity in Christ is the personal maturity of Gods dwelling place, a house prepared for you O Lord. We must not allow our eyes to be taken off finding a dwelling place for God, when we read Jesus saying “…I go and make a place for you…” let us not go away with the fairies and think of our room, house in heaven but continue for the UNTIL God has a dwelling rather than being distracted into finding ours; waiting, holding on until we get our place. Our life and love must be to give God a dwelling place.
The joy of being about our Father’s business, we must make a place for God.