REST


Genesis 2:2-3

And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.

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Rest is important, even vital to life, but our culture is so fast and demanding, that we rarely find time for rest, or rest may feel like we are being lazy. However, there are many places we can get a queue to take a rest. Nature is one example. There are four seasons. The environment rests in winter. Animals rest, some even hibernate. When we bake, we often let the dough rest. And in music, rests are necessary to ensure the melody plays correctly.

There are many benefits to rest. An article from Inc. Magazine explains twelve physical, mental, and emotional benefits to regular rest.

  1. Reduces stress
  2. Gives you time for recreation
  3. Reduces the risk of heart disease
  4. Boosts your immune system
  5. You sleep better
  6. Adds years to your life
  7. Restores mental energy
  8. You’ll be more creative
  9. You’ll be more productive when you return to work
  10. Better focus and mental clarity
  11. Improves short-term memory
  12. With regular time away from work, you might even love your job again!

You can read the full article here: https://www.inc.com/rhett-power/a-day-of-rest-12-scientific-reasons-it-works.html

 Rest is also a command from God. Exodus 34:21 states, “Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest. In plowing time and in harvest you shall rest.”

Mark Buchanan states, “Most of the things we need to be most fully alive never come in busyness. They grow in rest.”  And, Alan Cohen tells us, “There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.”

After the death of John the Baptist, Jesus told his Disciples, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.” (Mark 6:31-32)

And Matthew 11:28-30 explains (The Message Version),

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Laziness is different that rest. The lazy person seeks rest as their goal, rarely or never pursing worthwhile activities. The Bible describes the lazy person as a sluggard and wicked (Proverbs 10:4, 12:11, 20:4). And the Apostle Paul warns, “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever (1 Timothy 5:8).

Rest is so very important to a your physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Won’t you take a break today and get some rest?

Blessings on your day.

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Thankfulness Day 22


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 Dear Heavenly Father,

Today we thank You for commanding Your people to rest. We create busyness in our lives and forget to pause from our endless activities. Help us to cease activities that lead us away from You. Thank you for showing us how important it is for us to stop and be still. Forgive us Lord and guide us back to You, where we can find rest in You. 

Mark 2:27

And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.

Matthew 11:29

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Genesis 2:3

So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.

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Scripture: www.biblegateway.com

Image: Google Images

Rest


While the rest of the world packs away Christmas décor and the holiday celebrations fade into memory, my family celebrations continue. We celebrate four birthdays in January. I try to make them different from each other, allowing each member to have their special day, but it is exhausting. I look forward to February when I can finally get some rest!

I don’t think God wants us so busy we wonder when we can finally get some rest. In fact Scripture commands rest. The 4th Commandment states, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” (Exodus 20:8-11) Sabbath means a day of rest and religious observance (Dictionary.com).  John MacArthur explains Sabbath is derived from “to rest or cease from work.” [1] He goes on to write, “Each Sabbath day should have reminded the worshipper that the God whom he praised had indeed made everything in six, twenty-four hour days.”

Our world seems to be cursed with a crazy busyness that draws us away from precious rest and time with our Lord. Our culture says that we need to keep doing something, all the time, filling up our days with more and more activity. It’s up to us to seek out time for rest and worship, and protect it. It will benefit us in many ways.

Seek out some rest, and enjoy physically and spiritually refreshing time with the Lord.

Hebrews 4:9-11

So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.

Have a restful day!

 

Scripture: openbible.info


[1]  John MacArthur, MacArthur Bible Commentary, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2005, page 114

REFRESHMENT FOR YOUR SOUL


I return to work today. I’m trying to stay focused on what we just celebrated, our Lord’s birth. I know it will be difficult. The daily routine of life underscores the need for our Savior. But it’s too easy to get caught up in the phone calls, meetings, paperwork, and deadlines that come with any job. Then there are family obligations. We come home exhausted. Instead of seeking spiritual refreshment, we tend to turn to the TV or look for other entertainment. I’m not saying those are bad things. I’m just saying that perhaps when we are most exhausted, is when we need the rest and encouragement more than any other time. May I suggest the rest and peace God has to offer?

There’s Biblical precedence to rest:

Mark 6:31 (HCSB)

He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a remote place and rest for a while.” For many people were coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.

It’s a blessing to enjoy the presence of God. Close your eyes and relax in the palm of your Father’s hand. He will give you peace.

John 14:27 (NIV)

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

As you return to the normal routine of daily life, make some quiet time for the Lord, and find refreshment for your soul.

Walk in His Light,

Julie