Rest…What Is That?

In today’s society everything needs to be done as fast as possible. No matter how fast a computer is, it needs to be just a little bit faster. No matter how high the speed limit is, people want to drive faster. Meals at a restaurant can never seem to get to the table fast enough.

With all of the things going on in life people get tired and want to rest. Rest is something most people want, but can never seem to find. The busyness of life seems to bog people down and keep them from ever getting enough rest.

I have to go to work, clean the house, do the dishes, wash the car, pay the bills, drive kids to the school, teach my kids, mow the yard, weed the garden, go grocery shopping, and the list goes on forever of what needs to be done.

Along with all of the needs that need to be done, there are the things I want to do, watch a tv show or movie, go on a date with my wife, read a book, play a game with my kids, watch a game, do a hobby, and the list goes on.

You have your list of things that need to be done and the things you want to do. With all of these things you want to find some rest, but cannot seem to find it ever.

Rest comes from the correct perspective of life. After God made the heavens and the earth in six days, He rested. Ever since then God has been running this world, yet He never needs a day off to rest. He finds His rest in the joy of doing what He is doing.

As a human being you need to get your focus on God and what He wants for your life. God had set up the rule to work six days, and rest on the Sabbath. The day of Sabbath was to be one of no work at all, not even cooking.

David said, Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Psalm 62:1-2

David found his rest in God and in God alone. People often try to find their rest in doing more. They want a vacation and end up running harder on vacation than at work.

You need to stop and find time to be with God. Allow God to hold you in His arms and bring you the needed rest. This is just like a little baby being held by his mother. He finds comfort and rest in His mother’s arms.

Jesus said, Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 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 11:28-29

Often we put burdens on ourselves and wear ourselves out by them. We feel we have to do much more than what is really needed and get worn out. Most people have a hard time saying no.

You are to go to Jesus with all of the details of your life. Allow God to guide your steps. His burden for you will be light compared to what you will put on yourself.

When you are trusting in God for all of your needs and desires, you will rest better. You will be able to go to sleep without worrying about tomorrow. You will have a peaceful sleep and get the needed rest.

When you stop and spend time with God, it will remove the burdens and stress of this world.

This does not have to be hours in a day everyday, but some time each and every day. You may even stop several times a day for a few minutes to rest in God. Stop and breath in the breath of God into your busy life. Allow God to slow down your heart rate and be at rest.

God wants you to rest. That rest is only found in Him. The world will give you more and more to do, and tell you need to do even more.

I trust that in the days to come you will find your rest in God. Find that rest that you have been searching for and get the renewed strength that you need to do the things God wants you to do.


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