Lecture Titled: Finding Rest On Interpersonal Relationship with God!
Text: 1 Kings 5:4
Delivered By: Rev. (Evang.) Timothy Osemudiamen Okhomhen
Venue: Covenant Life Baptist Church House Fellowship, Benin City, Edo
Date: 28th February, 2018
Introduction: God, the Creator of heaven and earth rested from His labor on the seventh day, and He also gave man the mandate to also rest from his labor.
The Oxford Advance Dictionary’s definition of the key words:
i. Rest: to depend or rely on somebody/something.
ii. Interpersonal: connected with relationships between people.
iii. Relationship: the way in which two people behave towards each other or deal with each other.
From the opening text, King Solomon acknowledged that God had given him rest on every side; therefore, there is neither adversary nor evil occurrence. Here, the following facts are deduced:
i. Rest can never be obtained by personal efforts except by the
Spirit and grace from God, Zachariah 4:6;
ii. A time of rest is a time of sole dependence on God and the
Holy Spirit, Hebrews 12:2;
iii. A time of rest is a time to hold your peace by allowing God
to fight your battles of life’s challenges, Exodus 14:14;
iv. A time of rest is a time when God’s glory takes over and all
evil occurrences stop in one’s life and ministry, 1 Kings 5:4
v. A time of rest is a time of personal expansion and
development, 1 Kings 5:5.
Case studies in the Bible of men who had rest on interpersonal relationship with God:
1. Joseph: He had major challenges in life within and outside his family. Firstly, his blood brothers hated him out of jealousy and planned to assassinate him. But through divine intervention, they finally sold him out as a slave. He became a slave in the house of Potiphar, but his wife made attempt to rape him and lied to her husband. As a result of this, he found himself in prison. In fact, he went through hell but thank God he found rest on his interpersonal relationship with God. From prison, God catapulted him to the peak of life by making him the Prime Minister of Egypt. Therefore, from slavery experience to Potiphar’s house, to the prison and later to the palace took almost 13 years. Finding rest on interpersonal relationship with God keeps one ageless and fulfilled in life not withstanding the number of years’ spent, (Genesis 37-41).
2. Job: Job’s story and experience in life is very familiar to us. A man who fell from the peak to the dearth of life. In a single day, he lost everything he had including his own children. What a disaster? But thank God, he found rest on his interpersonal relationship with God. God, in His Omnipotence restored everything he lost back to him even in sevenfold. There is absolutely nothing in life that rest on interpersonal relationship with God cannot restore in life, (read the entire book of Job).
3. Jesus Christ: Jesus Christ who is our Lord and Savior found rest on His interpersonal relationship with God. That is why He became the Lord of both the living and the dead. When His death was fast approaching, He took some of His disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. Three good times, He prayed that God should take away the cup from Him. But thank God, He submitted Himself to God’s will by finding rest on interpersonal relationship with God. The Bible recorded that the angels came to encourage and comfort Him. Finding rest on interpersonal relationship with God turns challenges to opportunities and victories in life, (Luke 22:39-46).
4. Paul and Silas in prison: Prison is never a good place one should pray to experience in life. There is absolutely no one that will be happy finding himself in prison. But Paul and Silas because they found rest on interpersonal relationship with God, they worshipped, sang and praised God even while they were in prison. The Bible recorded that God came down and there was heavy earthquake that shook the prison, opened the doors and loosed their chains. When one finds rest on interpersonal relationship with God, there are absolutely no powers and barriers strong enough to become hindrances in life, (Acts 16:16-40).
The benefits derive when one finds rest on interpersonal relationship with God:
a) Peace and joy like a river, John 7:38;
b) Personal victories and breakthroughs in life, John 16:33;
c) Challenges turning to opportunities and victories in life,
d) Grace for rapid growth and development, 1 Kings 5:4-5 and
e) Personal fulfillment in life and ministry, Philippians 1:21.
Finally, one can only find rest on interpersonal relationship with God when he comes to Jesus Christ and willingly bears His yokes by constantly meditating on His Word of life daily, Matthew 11:28- 30. Shalom!