There remains, then, a Sabbath rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience. Hebrews 4:9-11 (NIV)
Is that what I need? Is that been missing from my life? What are you talking about? I’m talking about rest. Do I not have enough rest in my life? Do I not have good balance in my life between work and rest? Seriously, you are asking these questions? Look, if you are weary and worn out isn’t the answer obvious? If your body is often forcing you to take a rest despite your plans, what is that telling you? If you feel stressed out, frazzled, and burned out, what must be missing in your life? If you are having difficulty hearing my voice, receiving my instruction, and following my guidance what is amiss? My life is out of balance. I can see that now. I have been running fast and furious. I don’t have a heathy work and rest balance in my life. I have allowed myself to be caught up in the frantic pace of life. The busyness and noisiness of my life is no doubt making it very hard for me to hear from you. So, no, I am not hearing your voice, receiving your instruction, or following your guidance. That is not good. No, it is not. Let me ask you a few questions. I’m listening. That’s good. How high of a priority do you think I place on your need to carve out one day a week for you to rest from your labors? How important do you think it is to quiet yourself and rest in my presence, so you can hear from me? What example have I given you of resting from your labors? Where did I place my command that you take a day week of Sabbath rest? Well, you worked six days and rested on the seventh day of creation. That is a powerful example, wouldn’t you say? Yes, it is. Keep answering my questions. You placed your command that I take a weekly Sabbath day of rest in your ten commandments. That is high placement isn’t it? Yes, it is. What does that tell you? Don’t overlook or skip this command, with the foolish thought that it isn’t that important. You got that right. Tell me more. Developing my ability to hear from you, so I can receive your instruction, and follow your guidance, is critically important to the entire course of my life. Yes, it is. Where will that ability to hear from me be most strongly developed? I will learn to hear from you as I rest in your presence. The best starting place for me to learn to hear from you is as I rest in your presence when I take a Sabbath day of rest, with you, each week. That’s right. We have talked enough on this topic. Now I will ask you one final question. Will you take one day of Sabbath rest each week so you can rest in my presence? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, I have not consistently taken a day a week to rest. I have not seen the value of resting. Now I know how foolish I have been. From now on, I will carve a day a week to rest with you. I know you will use that day to revive and refresh and restore my soul. Amen
Key Question… How has your relationship with God grown more intimate as you have rested in His presence?
Living It Out… Take a day of rest with the Lord each week so He can revive, refresh, and restore your soul.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will revive, refresh, and restore your soul as you rest with Him.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are taking a weekly day of rest.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you take a day a week to rest so the Lord can revive, refresh, and restore your soul.
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