Rest and Trust in Divine Power

By Ray Fosterrlf@mt-rushmore.net

 

Rest and trust in divine power are two of the eight true remedies. We could not live long without rest. Both our body economy and our financial economy would collapse without trust. The ultimate trust is trust in God. The connection between the two is illustrated by the words on our silver dollars and on our paper money, "in God we trust".

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"What famous historical character that never wrote a book, never built a house, died with all of his assets being divided by law by his executioners said: "Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest."?"

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 Q1 How would you define rest?

Rest is a state of tranquility and relaxation.

Q2 How would you define trust?

 

Trust is confidence, reliance and dependence on the object of your trust.

Q3 How is rest a true remedy?

 

All activities require energy. Mental activity is a brain function. In order for the brain to function it requires a constant supply of oxygen, glucose, cooling and removal of waste products. This support system must be constantly renewed and constantly kept in place in order for the brain to keep functioning. This is true for every body system. This support system is renewed and serviced during periods of rest. Exhaustion and collapse or system failure would be the result of no rest. This is true mentally, physically, and also emotionally. Rest is thus a mandatory requirement of life and bodily function.

 Q4. I can understand the need for rest. How is trust a true remedy?

We are just as fully mental and emotional beings as we are physical beings. As rest is needed on a physical level which affects us mentally and emotionally. However what rest is for the physical, trust is for the mental and emotional dimension.

Q5. That sounds a bit nebulous to me. Could you give me a concrete example of how trust is healing?

 

A number of years ago a group of scientists did a series of experiments with lambs that illustrates the healing power of trust. The series of experiments involved a lamb with and without its mother. The scientists were studying the effects of stress. They delivered the stress to the lamb in the form of an electrical shock that was delivered to the lamb. Whether the lamb was shocked or not was controlled by the experimentor who hid out of sight at a distance where he could watch the effect of the shock, but could not be seen by the lamb. The shock device was under the control of the scientist by means of radio.

Q6. So what was the variable or variables they were studying with these lambs?

 

Yes, that is a good question, because we all know that there must be something different with one set of experiments to another while everything else between the two sets of experiments are kept the same. The one thing that is different is called a variable that is being studied. Well, the variable with these shocking-the-lamb experiments was whether the lamb’s mother was with it in the pen or not.

Q7. What was found when the scientists shocked the lamb?

 

The lamb jumped and ran away when it was shocked. The shock was strong enough to get the lamb’s attention, but really only tickled the lamb and did it no real harm. They noticed, however a difference depending on whether the lamb’s mother was with the lamb in the pen or not.

Q8. What was the difference?

 

The lamb always jumped and ran the first time. Those lambs who had their mother in the pen always ran to the mother. Those lambs without their mother in the pen just ran away from the spot where they were shocked and the scientists noticed that the lamb never went back to that spot in the pen again where they had been shocked.

Q9. They were smart lambs. What about the lambs who had their mother in the pen, did they go back to the same spot where they had been shocked?

 

Yes, actually they did. It seemed that the lamb and the mother had some sort of communication. Perhaps the mother told the lamb that sometimes bad things happen in life, but not to be afraid, and not to worry.

 Q10. So what was the end-point of these experiments? What did the experiments show?

That actually is very interesting and this is what shows the therapeutic value of trust. The lambs who had no mother to run to jumped higher and ran faster each time they were shocked. When they ran out of safe parts of the pen to run to when shocked, the lamb just stood quivering and finally fell down in a heap. The scientists described that as being similar to a nervous break-down.

Q11. How did that behavior differ from those lambs who could go to their mothers?

 

The lambs that ran to their mother jumped less and less each time they were shocked and ran slower and less excited each time they were shocked, until finally the shock got no response from them at all. It was though they trusted their mother when she told them that they would be OK and the shock did not do them any harm.

Q12. That is certainly an example of the healing power of trust. I am so glad that I can run to God when I get shocked! So how can you use trust for a healing of people in a clinical setting?

 

Most illnesses cause an element of anxiety and stress in the patient. The doctor sometimes can play the role that the mother lamb played to the lamb and re-assure the patient that the illness is not really harmful. However for the bad diseases, such as cancer of some life-threatening disease, only those patients who trust God can go to Him for re-assurance about His hand on the lever of circumstances.

Q13. "All things work together for good to them that love the Lord". Romes 8:28

 

I do not believe God is saying that everything that happens to us is good. What that is saying that God has the ability to bring good out of whatever bad happens to us and that any bad that He cannot make good come out of – He will not let that bad come to us.

Q14. Can you think of a real-life illustration of that?

 

My dad was signed up for a class once when he was an adult. He was afraid that even though he had miraculously been allowed to attend this very special class, that he was not going to be able to go because he had such a backache that he could never sit hours at a time in class. So he was sure that he was going to miss the class because of his severe back ache. The day before the class started he was working on his roof and started to fall off. He stopped his fall by catching onto a rafter with his hands. They suspended about 7 or ten feet off the ground, he considered what to do next. He thought he would hurt his back more if he just dropped to the ground, so he swung his body from one rafter to the next to make it to the corner of the building and climb down the down spout. As he swung from rafter to rafter his back clicked and the leg pain all went away. When he got to the ground safely, he realized that his back pain was essentially all gone. So he quickly registered for the class and took it with no back trouble at all. Falling from the roof resulted in a great blessing to him.

Q15. That us a great experience that your dad had. What about patients with phobias and fears – how can trust as a healing be extended to them? How can you give somebody trust who is afraid?

 

The standard of care at this time in modern medicine is to give drugs that deaden that part of your body that feels fear and anxiety. The patient feels better without trust!

Q16. Is the way the patient feels, not the all important thing?

 

Of course how the patient feels is important, but not the all-important thing. The all important thing is to deal with the cause of the fear or phobia or the reason for the depression. If the only thing that is addressed is the symptom of fear or anxiety or depression, without dealing with the cause of the feelings, the trouble has not been dealt with.

Q17. How can the cause of depression or fear or anxiety be replaced with trust?

 

The first step is to identify the cause of the problem. Denial does not deal with the problem. It has to be faced that there is a problem and that the problem has a cause. The cause needs to be identified and dealt with appropriately.

Q18. What if there is no solution to the problem?

 

That is a good question because there are problems that have no human solution. This is where trust in Divine power comes. There are four steps to take with problems with no solution:

  1. Come to Jesus by faith and bring the identified problem with you.
  2. Take hold of Jesus merits by faith. Without His merits and without His power, we cannot let go of that big, insolvable problem. With His merits, and by His power, we can take the next step.
  3. Put your sins, your problems, your fears, especially your insolvable problem on Jesus. God tells us that with His strips, we are healed. So let Jesus be wounded and troubled with that insoluble problem. As He is wounded with that insoluble problem, you are healed. I can’t explain it but I have experienced it and do it and you will experience it too.
  4. Finally, accept His healing, His pardon for your sins. Accept His offer of taking that cross, that problem, and accept the cross and the problem that Jesus lets you keep.

Q19. Can you give us another concrete example from your own life of how this works?

 

I believe that I could become depressed if I would give in to those feelings of depression. I come to Jesus by faith and take hold of His merits. Jesus has all merits. Jesus has earned the right to take out feelings of depression by His death. He felt the depths of depression. He plumbed the depths of depression that we will never know. He cried out on the cross, My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? That is how He felt. But He did not give in to His feelings, even though they were so bad that it made Him cry out in agony. And Jesus did not give in to His feelings of depression. When I feel depressed, I come to Jesus by faith, I take hold of His merits, and I put my feelings of depression oh Him and I take His victory over depression and do what I believe He would have me do at that time and think those thoughts that I believe He would have me think at that time. And having put my depressive thoughts on Him, and having taken His thoughts, I accept His thoughts and I thank Him and praise Him for His victory and for His merits and for His thoughts. Then I get on with what I know He would have me do at that time. The battle is in the mind. The victory is won in the mind. That is why getting enough sleep, drinking enough water, getting enough exercise is so important. My mind to me my kingdom is! I have the responsibility of keeping it in the best shape I can.

Q20. Dr. Scribner, do you have an experience to relate or any comments to make?

 

 

Q21. Besides cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, stomach ulcers, hypertension and other known stress and lack of rest related diseases, are there other risks of not getting enough rest and not being trustful enough day by day?

 

Dr. Hardinge has done a great deal of study on sleep deprivation and its effects. My brother fell asleep at the wheel a short time ago and had a minor car accident. Other people I know of have fallen asleep at the wheel and not fared so well. One person I know ran into a telephone pole on the side of the road and killed himself. I am sure that the corregations on the pavement at the edge before you go off the road has saved many people’s lives. People with sleep deprivation take micro-naps many times a day.

Q22. What is the best thing to do for trouble with sleeping?

 

I would suggest four things for people who have trouble sleeping:

1. Exercise just a little more each day. Whatever you are doing, if you have trouble sleeping, take a little big more time for exercise.

2. Eat a little less at night or before you go to bed. Take less time and eat less within the five hours before you go to bed, and exercise a little more -0 not just before you go to bed, but earlier during the day. The best time for exercise – gentle exercise is right after a meal or vigorous exercise in the morning.

3. Drink 8 glasses of water early in the day. Water is a great anti-fatigue buster, but it must be taken early enough in the day so it dosen’t interfere with your sleep. But even if you do need to get up to go to the bathroom during the night – that is OK. Just go and go back to sleep. It is much better to do that than to be dehydrated.

4. Get to bed at least by 9 O Clock because the sleep you get before midnight is worth twice the sleep after midnight. Get up early so you have time for exercise. Sleep in a dark and quiet room. Let your room be as dark and as quiet as you can get it.

Q23. What about sleeping pills – are they OK to get to sleep?

 

I cannot recommend sleeping pills for two reasons. First the sleep they induce is not physiologic but a drugged sleep. Physiologic, normal sleep has cycles of being deeper and less deeply asleep. There is a lot of brain filing and learning goes on during normal sleep. This is interfered with by drug-induced sleep.

Secondly, taking a drug to get to sleep is not dealing with the cause of not being able to sleep. Why are you able to sleep? The cause needs to be dealt with. Are you nervous? Why are you nervous? Deal with the cause of your being nervous. Are you depressed? Why? Deal with the cause of depression. Are you excited? Why?

Q24. Could it be that some people would sleep better if they did not watch TV before going to bed?

 

That is a good suggestion. TV is generally exciting or depressing. Nether excitement or depression are good moods to go to sleep on. Turning off the TV is a good suggestion to help with sleep.

Q25. Give us some suggestions to increase our trust in God.

 

I have three suggestions for increasing your trust in God.

  1. Read Scripture every day.
  2. Read Scripture every day.
  3. Read Scripture every day.

There is nothing like contact with God to increase your trust in Him. The most direct contact we have with God is through reading His love letter to in Scripture. Read and memorize Scripture. It will increase your love for God. It will increase your faith in God. Reading Scripture will build your brain like nothing else can.

Read Scripture and have faith in God, dear friend. Have faith in God.