Finding Rest. I have talked a lot about rest and maybe it’s because it is one thing I struggle with the most. In such a fast-paced world we have all become hurried. I have to remind myself to take time to be still and know God. Matthew 11:28 says, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Getting stress out of our life takes more than prayer alone. We must take action to make changes and stop doing whatever is causing us stress. We can learn to calm down in the way we handle things. Jesus invited us to come to Him if we are overburdened. He promises to refresh us if we are weary, worn out, or overworked. Take time to go to Jesus anytime you feel that you are going over the edge of peace and into the pit of stress. Let His presence refill and refresh you.
It is tempting to do everything that everybody else is doing, be involved in everything, know everything, hear everything, and be everywhere, but it isn’t God’s best for you. Be willing to separate yourself from compulsive activity before you come apart at the seams! Spend time with God, and ask him to give order to your day. Psalm 116:7 “Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.”
Resting isn’t just a good idea-it is a command of God. Exodus 23:12 “Six days shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest, that thine ox and thine ass may rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed.”
When I’m drawn close to the Creator of all in stillness, pause and wonder, I can return back into the thick of a busy place and yet keep a peaceful poise of heart. Because finding God’s peace is really about the way He gives us calm-not in place of the storm, but in the midst of it.
Dear Lord, thank You for holding all things together, and that You bring peace and rest in the midst of my storms. Help me remember to find my rest in you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.