We are all tried and worn out!! In fact some days it feels like we are burning our candles at both-ends. I don’t know about you, but doesn’t it appear that months turned into weeks, weeks turned into days, and days feel like minutes?! Just think about it, Monday was Labor Day and in one blink BOOM; today is Friday. The earth is definitely spinning faster than ever before.
Let’s be honest, we are still having to do ‘work-arounds’ with this lingering pandemic, an economic crisis, remote learning, a looming election, police reform, and social injustices. Not to mention the everyday debacles that we all individually face and deal with everyday! With that said, it’s not uncommon for our bodies to want to shut down because we pushing 100 MPH everyday!
So to combat all of the stress, anxiety and tiredness we need rest! If globally we can’t solve world hunger, why in the world are we so stressed out trying to solve things we absolutely can’t control?!
Quite as it’s kept rest is one of the greatest gifts God gave to mankind. Rest is synonymous to peace. Naturally, we associate rest with sleep. When we are so tired, we think of sleeping and resting. After that, we are refreshed and energized to move out again. We feel good and happy. This is not God’s rest, but rather man’s rest!
Let’s be clear, God ‘s rest is deep and profound. It supersedes the rest derived when we are physically tired or sleepy or worn out from every day life; when we have worked so hard that we can hardly stand!
The Greek word for rest is ‘anapausis’ meaning cessation from labor and refreshment. Christ’s rest is not a rest from works, but in works; not the rest of activity, but of the harmonious working of all the faculties and affections, of will, heart, imagination, conscience- because each is found in God the ideal sphere of its satisfaction and development.
(Vines concise dictionary).
Jesus extended us an olive branch in Matthew 11:28 and He said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Additionally, in Hebrew 4:1-3 believers are strongly encouraged to enter God’s rest!
God’s rest is found in our love in obeying His word! It’s putting faith in truly embracing and understanding God’s rest so that we are able to pass it along to others; practicing compassion like Jesus and helping the weary. It is the way of prayer-coming to the throne of grace—seeking God’s face whether on our knees or bellies!!
Beloved, when we possess God’s rest it eases the pain/burdens we bear because it refreshes and relaxes our minds, spirits, and physical bodies. We are able to lay down in peace in lieu of being torn by inner and outer struggles. We are able to operate our lives in peace and achieve our visions and goals. God’s rest settles our fears and drowns out any all distractions. Yes, It’s our duty and responsibility to work but even more important than that, it’s our duty and responsibility to seek out God’s rest in our lives—-everyday!!