A young friend of mine recently wrote her status on facebook as: "Be at rest O my soul for the Lord has been good to you."
I like that. Be at rest O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. He has been good and will continue to be so because He is good in and of Himself and does not change.
The older I get, the more I understand that there is a season for everything - a time to keep and a time to lose, a time to gather and a time to cast away, a time to mourn and a time to dance.
There is an ebb and flow to life - nature itself teaches us that.
David said, "Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even a weaned child." Ps 131:2.
The soul does indeed clamor for attention or make a fuss when its needs or expectations are not met. David learned how to wean himself from the incessant demands of his own soul by learning how to rest in the Lord.
Paul learned it also. He said, "For I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound... I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phil.4:11, 12.
"But godliness with contentment is great gain..."Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit. It is a mark of maturity and it honors God.
A soul weaned has learned to forget itself in the pursuit of Him.