Isa 57:1 The righteous one perishes,…
Isa 57:2 He shall enter into peace; they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.
“Requiescat in pace” is Latin for “Rest in peace” , often abbreviated as “R.I.P.”. For centuries, it has been used as an epitaph on the headstones of those who have died, especially if they were Christians. The phrase first came into use around the 1700’s and was a prayer that the soul of the deceased would find peace in the afterlife.
I think that a better prayerful use of ‘Rest in peace” would be for the living, not the dead. God is a God of the living, not of the dead and He wants His children to live “restfully” and “peacefully” in Him.
Mat 22:32 “I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?” God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
When life is difficult, I think that it is especially important to learn how to “rest in peace” in God. I have struggled with this concept in the past. I am a “do-er” and “fixer” of things. Sitting back and doing “nothing” is very challenging for me. While I still have the occasional struggle with worrying and holding on to things, I am learning the wisdom of “letting go and letting God”.
I must confess that often my health issues force me to “let go and let God”. I have often warred with fatigue and pain. My self worth has often come from my accomplishments so when I am unable to “accomplish” I often feel like a waste of skin. I thank God that He does not look at me that way.
Although I do not believe that God caused my illness nor that He is using it to correct or punish me, it may be that I have not manifested physical healing (as of yet) so that I may learn, like the apostle Paul, to lean on God and to trust that His grace is sufficient.
2Co 12:7 and by the surpassing revelations, lest I be made haughty, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be made haughty.
2Co 12:8 For this thing I besought the Lord three times, that it might depart from me.
2Co 12:9 And He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.
When I trust in God and lean on His grace, I have rest and peace in this troubled world.
Heb 4:9 So then there remains a rest to the people of God.
Heb 4:10 For he who has entered into his rest, he also has ceased from his own works, as God did from His.
Today as I write this, my head is buzzing and my tummy rolling. I wanted to paint, go for a walk, do some house work and cook some chili. All I am able to do is sip mint and ginger tea and sit in my recliner. Although I am disappointed at my lack of ability to accomplish anything today, I am giving the day over to my Heavenly Father and resting in the knowledge of His mercy, grace, understanding and love and in doing so I am able to “Rest in peace”.
Heb 4:11 Therefore let us labor to enter into that rest…
Co 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace,…
My prayer for you: Now may the God of peace be with you all. Amen. Rom 15:33