Rest, a place we stand, a position or posture that we choose to take on. Compare a tree planted by water giving shade for people with a prickly cactus that can hole 200 gallons of water for itself with no shade to offer. Jeremiah 17: 8; Isaiah 28: 12; Isaiah 30: 15. In the Old Testament Daniel, Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego and Joseph. Rest is taking time to steady our hearts. Acts 27: 25; John 14: 27; Acts 16: 23-26. When we have unrest in mind, a strategic plan is necessary to keep going, keep praising and connecting with God.
“Why is a place where we often get stuck.” We try to understand and can’t get past it. Instead if we go to the Lord asking, “What are You doing?” Israel is on the edge of the Promised Land but they moved to grumbling. Numbers 14: 1-12.
Characteristics of WHY Thinking–Grumbling: Philippians 2: 14-18; Fear: Romans 8: 15; Self-preservation: Philippians 2:3
Characteristics of the WHAT Thinking–Brokenness: Psalms 34: 18; Expectation: Phil 3: 13; Courage: Joshua 1: 6 “Courage is doing the right thing in the face of an emotion saying you should be nervous or anxious.”
WHY will keep us where we are; WHAT positions us to move toward change and promise.