PSALMS 131:2: “Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, Like a weaned child with his mother; Like a weaned child is my soul within me.” NKJV
OBSERVATION: Is my life marked by rest? Do I find myself in the place of quietness and peace? Or, is my life marked by insecurity, uncertainty, and unrest?
David writes of a place of calmness and quiet for his soul. He compares this to a weaned child with his mother. Like David, I have no reference to this experience other than observation. What is the difference between a weaned child and one who is still dependent upon his mother’s milk?
A small child that is still nursing looks upon their mother as a source for survival. At this stage, there is usually no personal interaction between the child and the mother. The relationship is one of need and fulfillment. The child takes comfort in their mother’s arms to be sure. Yet, this comfort only lasts until their hunger causes them to frantically reach for their mother to supply their need. Peace only lasts as long as the need is fulfilled. When the need arises again there is a loss of peace.
This is a picture of much of my life. I would rejoice in the Lord when I was walking in victory. However, when difficulty knocked on my door, like an unweaned child, I would begin to cry out to the Lord. My peace only lasted as long as I was abiding by the still waters and enjoying the green pastures. When faced with the valley of the shadow of difficulty, my faith and peace wilted like a wildflower in the hot summer sun.
What is the difference between an unweaned child and a child that has been weaned? A weaned child has been slowly transitioned from depending upon its mother’s milk to a new source of food and supply. Their mother is no longer the source of this sustenance, but the provider of it. The child learns through routine, and the faithful provision of the mother, that when the child is hungry, their mother will provide. They begin to see their mother in a new light.
We need to see God in a new light if we are going to enter His rest in our lives. The weaned child begins to transition from a focus on his mother’s breast to a focus on his mother’s countenance. The weaned child of God must learn the transition from focusing upon the hand of God, to seeking the face of God. His relationship must be transformed from seeing God only as the one who gives, to seeing Him as the one Who Is! The writer of Hebrews puts it this way.
- “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 NKJV
Faith that is weaned is faith that sees God for who He is. He no longer looks to God as one who gives, but as the one Who Is. Only when the child begins to transition from seeing their mother as a food source, to seeing their mother as one who loves, are they able to grow in a relationship with her that is more than need and supply. It is when this transition happens that the child can rest in their mother’s bosom with no thought about their need. Their only thought is being secure in her love.
We too must come to the place where we can rest in the bosom of our Heavenly Father. When we can come to Him, simply to worship, simply to abide in His presence, without an agenda or a need, we will enter into His rest. Again, the writer of Hebrews speaks to this so beautifully.
- “There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.” Hebrews 4:9-10 NKJV
Faith that is weaned finds this rest. David found this rest. We too can enter into this rest. We do not enter into this rest through striving. We enter into it when we trust in God’s faithfulness. Just as a child trusts that their needs will be met by their mother, so we can walk in confidence that our Heavenly Father will continue to meet our needs. Jesus said that our Father knows our needs even before we ask.
This does not mean that we do not ask. We are taught to ask the Father for all of our needs. However, when we come to Him, it is not in desperation or fear. It is in confidence and peace. We know that our Father loves us and it is His good will to give us the Kingdom. And, in this confidence we find the rest of faith that has been weaned, faith that is maturing, faith that is focused on the Father’s love and not simply His hand!
Lord, grant me the grace today to walk in weaned faith. May I come to You first and foremost to worship You. May Your presence and love be my great reward. May I enter into the place of peace, like a weaned child with his mother.
In Jesus Name!