Welcome back, resters! You have made your way to the first official day of our four-day resting challenge. Over the next few days, we are going to make a habit of intentional, spiritual resting before the Lord. If you haven’t already check out yesterday’s post, Hurry Up and Rest to get caught up. Otherwise, sit down sometime today with scripture and willingness to put away distraction. Join me as we learn how and why to rest that we might be granted perspective.
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I am currently sitting on my couch. The only sound is that of my husband’s phone, ringing with ESPN facts. My dog is sleeping on the chair beside me. My Bible is laying next to me. My home is clean. Everything seems to be calm, cool, and collected.
Yet my mind is buzzing. I am thinking about my next job interview, my schedule for tomorrow, the vacation I am currently planning, how I will ask someone to take care of my puppy this weekend. My foot is dancing, letting out all the built up anxiety that my body holds.
So here I go.
I am about to embark on some intentional rest time before the Lord. If you haven’t already done the same, I would encourage you to get your Bible out and turn to the book of Ephesians with me. That is the book I’ll be going through during this restfulness challenge. There is no right or wrong way to rest before the Lord.
Read a good chunk of scripture, then let Him take over from there.
He might beckon you to your knees to pray for a loved one.
He might ask you to write your prayer down.
He might have you turn on worship music and march around the house, interceding for yourself and others.
It might be total silence.
It might look like reading the Bible out loud for an hour.
Whatever He is asking you to do, do it with boldness and time. If you are reading this at work or aren’t in a good place, archive it, and get back this evening. No matter what your life looks like, this process is all about getting into your word intentionally, without hesitation, and to the glory of God. Join me. Here we go.
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Did you do it? Did you spend time in rest before the Lord without distractions? I just did, and let me tell you about my God.
Oh my goodness, Jesus is so cool! At the beginning of this process, the Lord revealed to me that the first thing I need to pray for in this resting process is perspective. As I sat down to begin my time with Him, Ephesians 4:6 stood out.
“He predestined us for adoption as sons [daughters too] through Jesus Christ according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of His glorious grace with which He has blessed us in the Beloved.“
Then during my prayer time these three songs played…
“All honor, all glory, all power belongs to You.”…and
“You are worthy of Your Name”…and
“When did I forget that you’ve always been the King of the World?”
Over and over again, He spoke to me, saying, why are you so worried about everything that is going on around you? It is only noise. You were created and are being for the glory of my name.
And the perspective hit. My job interview means nothing if I am not seeking to share His name through it. My schedule for tomorrow is just busy work without His hand guiding it. My vacation is wasted time and money unless I am asking Him how I might be a good steward.
Friends, our God is faithful.
He is faithful to reward the time we are setting aside with Him with perspective. And here it is: without His say-so, we are nothing. Most of us are Gentiles, not tied to Abraham’s line. We have no reason to be in the Kingdom of God without His coming to earth.
We can set aside “rest time” all we want. We can say, okay I am gonna nap from 2pm-3pm or I’ll just watch one of my TV shows today. God, will you bless that? Will you let me off the hook of my time with you? I really need this kind of rest and I can rest in you later.
All the while, He is reminding us through His word that He will take our burdens onto Himself. He will remove our weariness and allow us to carry His light burden.
Friends, our rest means nothing if it is not intentional. I think it can be harder to be conscious of our Jesus when we are sitting still than when we are running wild. As you read at the beginning of this post, my own inclination is to fill my mind with business. I like to be thinking ahead always, planning the next thing, and coming up with the next idea.
So as you sit down this evening and tomorrow morning to rest, let that rest be intentional.
Let it be genuine.
Put the details out of your mind.
Ask Him to ease them, and He will.
He will remind you that our business is irrelevant in relation to His grace, that our worries are nothing compared to His steadfastness.
He will hold us as we shake.
He will give us a constant desire for Him and only Him.
He will show us the vain and temporary nature of this world that we might see His perfection and eternal nature more clearly.
He will bring us back into His presence if we ask for it, and in His presence is where we find great joy. It is where our worries stop mattering so much. Ask Him to put your life in perspective. It might not get easier, but through His lends, it will make more sense.
Originally posted 2017-06-29 17:00:20.