Knowing how to REST is more than just getting a good night’s sleep. It is also about resting your mind from figuring everything out. It is also about giving your cares over to God, and resting, knowing that He has heard you and will be faithful to answer at the right time, in the right way. Have you been feeling strung out, burnt out or simply out of sorts? Could it be that you have not been resting? Find out how to find that true, Jesus-rest...
The Sabbath was, and in many places still is, a practice where God’s people abstain from work. Just as God Himself ‘rested on the seventh day’, God’s people were instructed through the Law to observe a time of rest. There are many reasons for this - not least because our physical bodies need a break to recover from work, but also that our minds also need to take a break.
It is during these periods of rest that we can reassess the balance in our life. We can plan any adjustments. We can dream again. God wants us to be productive and work well. But do you rest well, too?
Through Jesus, our Sabbath, we can rest in peace knowing that we are right with the Father because He has taken care of all our sins; our mistakes and failures - past, present and future. [Hebrews 4 v 1] Do you live day-to-day with this kind of spiritual rest? Are you at rest deep inside, knowing that He will take care of everything?
Think of true REST in this way:
R - retreat; time away, even a few hours, from your normal responsibilities
E - encouragement; learning how to encourage yourself is a vital trait; read more here
S - seek; God's face, not just His hand - thanking God refreshes our souls and resets our faith
T - treat yourself; remember that self-care is not selfishness because we can serve others better when we take care of ourselves too
To create a strong and intimate devotional life with Jesus, we need to be able to put our heads - our minds - against His chest, just as John did [John 13 v 23] - a beautiful demonstration of trust, acceptance and mental and emotional relaxation.
Having a strong devotional life is not about thundering through the whole Bible in a year, although that’s not a bad thing to do.
It’s also not about memorising masses of scripture, although that is not a bad thing to do.
It’s definitely not about religiously sitting in silence, waiting for God to ‘do something’, although we trust that He will.
Learning to cultivate a devotional life that brings you to a place of resting in Him will strengthen us for the day ahead and for the trials to come. When you know what it is to rest your head on Jesus, you cease striving, yet you remain as close as can be.
And that’s the very best place to be.
Do you need some REST? Is it time to 'reboot' your devotional life? Get inspired to get your devotional life back on track in our She31 Bible Study Group. You can also read here the 10 keys to rebooting your devotional time.
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