Rest.

It’s something we don’t talk about very often.  Many don’t even consistently partake of rest.  Especially if you are in ministry.

I have never seen the times so stressed and pressing as I have in the past few years.  You can almost see the weariness on people’s faces.  You can hear it in their voice.

Hebrews 4:9 says; There remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God.

Hebrews 9:11 tells us to be diligent to enter into that rest.

The Hebrew word sabbath literally means to cease.

Just as God ceased from His work, we too are to cease from our day-to-day work.  It’s taking time, at least once a week, to refocus on God and what’s really important.  A time to rest your mind and your body.

Taking time for Sabbath rest is an act of faith.  It is saying no matter what we do, God is the ultimate supplier of our needs and our life.  This action declares, “God I trust You enough to lay it all down and rest in You.”

There are things, on a daily basis, that absolutely demand our attention.  It’s a fact of life.  However, when those things start to drain you or try to steal your peace, it’s time to lay them aside and rest. It’s time to strive to enter into His rest.

I found myself in a day like that last week.  Our building and the issues that came with it had stretched me beyond my limits.  I was struggling to keep peace and I knew it.

Then it came.  The straw that broke the camels back.  Breanne had called to give me some news that I didn’t want to hear. My response to her was, “I’m done.  That’s all I can do.  I am laying this down.”

I picked up my Bible and note pad.  I said to the Lord, “Lord, I cannot do this another day, I lay it at Your feet, You do what You want with it.”  I took my Bible and walked out to my back porch.  I sat down on my porch swing, closed my eyes, and listened to the birds.

At that moment, I determined in my heart I was entering into His rest in this area.  I wasn’t upset.  I wasn’t stressed.  I simply let it go and entered into rest.  I ceased from my works at that moment.

It felt good. It was a step of faith.  I was choosing to believe I could lay it down and He would complete what He had started.  That He would perfect all things that concerned me, that concerned this ministry.

I chose His word and His promise over the stress and pressure.  My friend, that is rest.

Now I realize there are times to press and press and push through things – I know that.  But there are also times when we need to stop toiling and give it to God and rest in His promise.  Discernment will help you know when to press and when to rest.  For me, I knew I couldn’t press any longer – it was time for rest.  The funny thing is, when I made my decision to enter into His rest in this situation – He worked it all out – without me.

Today, are you feeling stretched beyond your limits?  If so, perhaps you need to enter into His rest.  It’s okay to do all you can do, then give it to God and rest.

Rest is part of God’s plan.  Rest is a weapon given to us by God.  The enemy knows this, and he hates it.  He wants to keep us stressed and preoccupied.  He wants our mind on the problem and not the answer.  When we enter into His rest, our eyes are on the answer – our eyes are on God.  He is our answer.  He is our rest.  Strive to enter in.

 

Meditate on this;

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.   Matthew 11:29