Enter Into God’s Rest, and Rest!

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Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.

~Matthew 11:28

The promises of Jesus, He will give us rest. Rest from our day, rest from our troubles.  He will handle it all.  He’s the only one who can restore us, refresh us, and give us hope.

When I think about rest, I think about the fact that I’m usually tired, overextended, and overwhelmed.  With so many responsibilities and pursuits, I often feel like I’m constantly weary, and I certainly never get everything done. Ever.  That makes it hard to rest. When things are undone, (unfolded laundry, anyone?), and I have too much on my plate, I don’t feel like I CAN rest…like I’m ALLOWED to rest.

Do you ever feel guilty for resting? Or for even WANTING to rest?

But Jesus tells me that I can rest. I can rest in Him.  To me, that doesn’t mean that I can be lazy and not do my part.

The sluggard does not plow when winter sets in; therefore he begs harvest and has nothing.

~ Proverbs 20:4

It means that I can trust Jesus to handle things for me, when I’m weary, so I can rest.

We want our kids to get enough sleep, don’t we? We make sure they go to bed on time.  We want them to enjoy their lives and have fun. We take them to amusement parks, on play dates, vacations, and more, in an effort to make sure they are ‘resting’…taking time off from school, chores and away from their ‘regular’ (or as my kids would say, bor-ing!) lives.

Why do we not think God wants the same for us?

 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

~Matthew 7:11

God not only wants us to enter into His rest, but to REST, as He rested Himself!

….for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.

~Hebrews 4:10

We shouldn’t have to feel guilty for needing down time, time away, a break, or even just sleep.  That’s a lie of the enemy telling us we’re not doing enough, that we’re not good enough, that we should always be doing something.  As long as we’re trusting God, we’re doing enough.


Make sure you are putting your life in His hands. Make sure that you’re resting, both in the physical, and in the spiritual.


 

Get enough sleep. I know sometimes it’s a challenge with kids, but do the best you can. It really is important.  Get out of the house, whether it be to spend time with your girlfriends, go on a date with your husband, or just run errands and have time alone. Do something fun to rest.  Take a break from daily activities, and delegate what you can to others. When you rotate chores, then everyone gets a period of rest from them.

Meet with God in the morning, and surrender your day to Him so you can rest. Give Him your troubles, your problems, your insecurities and shortcomings…give them all to Him.  Then enter His rest. Find a quiet space and just be still. No reading, no talking…just being still and thinking about God, and about entering His rest.

Throughout the day, when you feel the busyness taking over and the overwhelm starting, call out to Jesus.  Ask for Him to come and meet you once again, right where you are, and give you rest.

How do you feel about rest? Do you schedule it, feel guilty about it, take time every day to enter God’s rest? Share with us in the comments!

 

 

 

 

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