Hey friends! If you are reading this right now, odds are you are taking a break from the hustle and bustle of this season. With friends at our door steps ready to visit, home cooked meals in the oven, and presents waiting to be wrapped and placed under the tree, spare minutes to sit down and look at social media are few and far between.
Last night my husband, brother-in-law, and I sat down and went through Hebrews 4 together. We learned about rest. We were reminded what rest is. To some, it means taking a nap. To some it means countless hours in front of Netflix.
Yet the best kind of resting is dwelling.
You see, when our minds and hands are busy thinking about or worrying about the next thing around the corner–be it the holidays or the next episode or class or work–we neglect to do what our bodies were created to do: rest.
These verses are just five of countless reminders God’s word lays out for us to take time out of our busyness and dwell on our Savior. Seems like an obvious concept, right? Yet even in the time of year that beckons us to stop and dwell on Him the most, we fill our days with everything else.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
First thing’s first, we cannot depend on ourselves to find true rest. It is only by and through Jesus that we can attain the kind of peace for which our hearts seek so earnestly.
2. Exodus 33:14
And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Once we begin relying on Him for rest, His presence follows us even when our lives seem impossibly hectic. There are going to be seasons when we cannot seem to find a spare minute. And those seasons may be some of the sweetest of our lives! Kiddos, holidays, marriage, new jobs. All these things can be good. They can also be the times we quickly lose sight of spending intentional time with Jesus. Those days are the ones where we need the foundation of His presence. We need to have trusted in Him. We need to rely on His coming into our lives and giving us the rest we so desire.
3. Mark 6:31
And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.
This verse speaks so clearly to me! I love how God’s word gives us clear reminders that it
speaks directly into our lives. He reminds us that there are days that, if we allow, will get so busy we don’t even have time to eat. That’s why it is so important to spend intentional time with our Savior daily. I am not talking about a prayer before a meal or worship on the way to work. Those things are good. Yet they are not what we are commanded todo. We are told to go to a desolate place. Rest. Rest in Him.
“For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.”
The the day comes. The day that everything falls apart. Not only are we struggling to find a minute, but we are broken and weary. For me, that day was November 5 of this year.We hear the diagnosis. We are lost in uncertainty. We lose someone we love dearly. We don’t even want to stop because it reminds us that we are hurting. Yet that time of dwelling is exactly what we need as we hurt. That is when He satisfies us. When He replenishes our peace.
5. Psalm 91:1
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
Finally friends, this dwelling in The Lord allows to abide in Him. The time we set aside for our God then grants us the desire to follow His way during our stay on this earth. I love that! Our God has made dwelling in Him so accessible. There is nothing to do but rest in Him. Rest in Him and He will control the desires of our hearts. He will allow us to rest.