How Do We Find Rest?
The best place to start any search is at the beginning. Genesis 1:1 tells us,
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
The following verses of the first chapter of Genesis reveal the breathtaking details of the six days in which God did His work of creation. And then, the God who never needs to take a break did just that...He stopped and He rested. In Genesis 2:1-3 we read,
“Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them were finished. And on the seventh day, God ended His work which He had done and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.”
We know that the infinite, all-powerful God of the universe did not need to rest, but He established a day of rest, blessed it, and set it apart because we need rest. God set this pattern for His people. Work is good, valuable, noble, even; but we often fall into the trap of making work an idol. An idol is anything that takes the place only God should hold. If we closely examine our days, we may be surprised to find that instead of working to live, we live to work. This is not the design God created for us.
As a matter of fact, one place that can live in a perpetual state of overwhelm is our mind. In both the Old and New Testaments, we see the Lord calling His children to rest.
Augustine of Hippo was correct when he said,
“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”
We’ve found the source of our rest, but how do we practice rest in Jesus?
In Psalm 23, David gives us a plan for finding rest in the Lord:
“The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me by the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” (Psalm 23:1-3).
If you are truly ready to rest, follow these simple steps and see if you notice a difference in your life:
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
As you begin to practice rest, make sure there are no distractions to pull you away:
A Prayer For Rest
How do you find rest?
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