This is the only way to find peace and the stillness of soul that man seeks in so many different fields. It can be explained in two instructions.
Firstly, ‘in repentance’ means turning your back on everything you know to be wrong. However, it also means coming and kneeling at the Cross, humbling yourself before the Mighty God, asking Him to reveal all that is wrong in your life and then being willing to give it up. It means being broken and truly recognising there is no good thing in you. There is no strength in you: to embrace this new way of life means to rely on the work of Christ. Without the work of the Cross in your life, you would be nothing.
That position in life, in one sense, never alters. You don’t get back up and start living your own life again, having your own opinions and returning to sin because everything is okay now! You remain humble, broken and repentant at the foot of the Cross for the rest of your days.
Secondly, ‘rest’ means being perfectly happy and content to remain in this position at the foot of the Cross. Happy to lie at the foot of the Cross and be a nobody for the rest of your days. Happy to be humble. Glad to be broken and to recognise that the only goodness within you is God’s goodness, and all your achievements are from God.
This is bliss! Herein is salvation. The discovery that here is perfect peace, for in this wonderful place ‘it is well with my soul.’
“My sin oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
my sin, not in part, but the whole,
is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more;
praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!”
Words By Horatio Spafford