When I think of a recliner, this is the image that usually comes to my mind! Clearly, this particular one is well past its prime! I realize that there are sleek modern versions now. One of the selling points is often that it doesn’t look like a recliner, as if the look is somehow less than appealing!
Today’s verses were illustrated using a recliner in one of Billy Graham’s sermons. He recounted the story of a Bible translator who had trouble finding an equivalent for the word, “faith” in a tribal language. For months he struggled until he saw a tribesman relaxing in a hammock. He asked him what he was doing and the man answered that he was reclining. The man was resting his whole weight on the hammock, trusting that it would hold him up. In the same way, faith means putting all your trust and confidence in something (or Someone) outside of one’s self.
There is nothing I can do to save myself. No amount of good works can qualify me to enter Heaven. It is only because of His free gift of grace that I am saved. Placing my faith in Him and His grace means that I no longer feel the burden of being “good enough.” Reclining on His grace erases doubt forever as salvation does not depend on me. Reclining on His grace gives me the soul rest I so desperately need. He wants me to recline or rest on His finished work on the cross. What a gift! What grace!
Lord, “keep me ever trusting, resting.”