Working and Resting
Throughout the Bible rest is an important issue. The people, the livestock, and the land have to rest after a certain amount of time.
Do we make time to rest? I’m not talking about taking a break from work only. There are still things that have to be done, even on a “day off” — like changing diapers, preparing meals, etc. The work of a homemaker and mother never completely ceases not even on a Sunday or during a time of vacation. I’m talking about a time out to seek rest with a godly purpose.
Where Do We Find It?
Not of this world. We will never find that soothing peace in anything this world has to offer. There are just too many things going on in our lives, numerous distractions coming our way, and endless choices to make every day!
A few days off, vacations, visiting health resorts, these are all good ways to help us unwind, no doubt about that. The relaxation, however, is temporal. We want to seek a continuous rest, though. Where do we find it?
He Will Give You Rest
As I was reading Exodus over the last few weeks I stumbled upon chapter 33 and verse 14
And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
How easy is this to follow? Um, while focusing on me and my circumstances, I continue to be restless. I need to find solutions and I want them in an instant to happen. Me being still, knowing that He is God? That would mean that I will have to give up my own way …
That’s the point!
Will We Walk in the Way?
Jeremiah 6:16 says:
Thus says the LORD: “Stand in the ways and see,
And ask for the old paths, where the good way is,
And walk in it;
Then you will find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
Stand and see and ask for the old path and walk in it. Then you will find rest for your soul. The old path is not about its age but about its Provider. It’s for Him, by Him, and through Him only that we will find rest for body, soul, and spirit. That’s the right path to be on!
Will you walk in it?
PS: Stay tuned for tips for your days of rest (e.g. meals that are done in nearly no time and with minimum effort)