We learn from Psalm 62:1, “My soul finds rest in God alone.” The soul, or spirit, is the immaterial part of man created by God. At the dawn of creation the soul was made. God satisfied the soul of Adam, and Adam was rich in the Lord God. When the exertion of creation ceased, God and man rested together and shared the solitude of living alone; and living as one.
Tragically, Adam wandered from the rest and he allowed the shackles of sin to clamp shut on his soul. All the earth and the souls of the world were in bondage. God’s bounty and rest were lost to the soul of man and it felt the hunger and disquiet of His absence. The soul tramped through the barren land of oppression longing, thirsting and hoping once again for God’s rest. In the weary world, before the Incarnation, the soul sought relief from the troubles, burdens, brutality and hard labor of sin but found none. It held to the promise that God would send a Savior to end the oppression.
Finally, on the glorious night of Jesus’ birth the promise was fulfilled. The Savior appeared, and the “soul felt its worth” (O Holy Night, Adolphe-Charles Adam). Rest, undeniable, unmistakable, divine rest, fell upon the soul and through faith oneness with God was restored.
“Fall on your knees” (O Holy Night, Adolphe-Charles Adam) and let your soul rest in the manger beside the Christ child.
Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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