Arise and depart, for this is not your rest; because it is defiled, it shall destroy, Yes, with utter destruction. (Micah 2:10)
This earth is not our rest. This country is not our rest. The church building down the street is not our rest. The homes we live in or fellowship in are not our rest. The bodies that now clothe and encumber our souls are not our rest.
“Arise and depart, for this is not your rest.”
We are in the world, but not of the world (John 17:14-16.) We are living in a country, but we dwell in it as in a foreign country, looking for that city whose builder and maker is God (Heb. 11:9-10). We know that God’s temple is in His sanctified people, not in buildings made with hands (Acts 7:48; I Cor. 3:16; 6:19). And yet even these flesh and blood bodies that, by some miracle of God, house the Holy Spirit, are being sown in corruption. We must one day be clothed with an imperishable body (I Cor. 15:50-54). None of these earthly things can ever be our true Rest.
Sampson, resting so comfortably in the arms of the one who will betray you, arise out the lap of Delilah, for there is not your rest but your destruction. When God commissions a man to rise up against His enemies, and instead he cavorts with them, will not the Lord eventually depart from him? (Judg. 16:20) Much of the called “Church” is like Sampson, resting in the arms of the betrayer–the world. Called to confront the sin of the world, the judges refuse to judge, and it displeases God (Isa. 59:15). They instead partake of carnal pleasures in Delilah’s lap, and lead the people of God into further captivity. Will not such a church become “worthless salt” fit only to be trodden under foot by man unless there is repentance?
Christian wanting to be the friend of the world, this world is not your rest. For anyone who wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God, and God will destroy His enemies, including and especially all hypocrites. What looks like rest now will turn out for your destruction. Be crucified unto this world, and let this world be crucified unto you through the cross of Jesus Christ (Gal. 6:14), that your sufferings and labors for Jesus now may turn out for your deliverance later (Phil. 1:12-21). For whoever desires to save his life in this world will lose it, but whoever loses his life in this world for Jesus’ sake will find it (Matt. 16:25).
Doomsday prepper, what will you do when the food runs out? What will your silver and gold medallions buy? Will they deliver you from God’s wrath? They cannot deliver you from the wrath of God. (Ezek. 7:19) The only Savior is Jesus Christ, and the only way out of the death and corruption brought about by your sin is death with Christ–to sin and the world–by His cross. The sin of others (the government, Monsanto, etc.) is not your biggest problem. Your own sin is your biggest problem, and it must be dealt with at the cross. This alone leads to everlasting life. To walk this narrow path that leads to life, you must give up your obsession with this life, and this body. To remain carnally minded is death. Contrary to what some say, Jesus did not die to give you your best life now.
How many music/sport/movie idols have come and gone? They rise and fall, and finally succumb to the same weakness of all men, despite all their money and plastic surgery and opportunities. Their paid image consultants told them how to please men, but could not tell them how to please God. Finally they lie still, stripped of glory, unable to fight off the weakest worms that invade their graves. And people still worship them. Even people professing to love Christ follow every move of these lost servants of the devil. Is there no living, immortal God to worship?! Arise and depart! What agreement does the temple of God have with idols?…Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. (2 Cor. 6:16-17) Are there conditions to being received by God? There certainly are. You must arise and depart from what is evil.
Before God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, setting them forth as an example of suffering the vengeance of eternal fire (Jude 7), He sent messengers to warn the righteous to get out.