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May06

Rest and Refreshment

A Time of Refocus and Strengthening

 

This crisis has forced us out of our routine and, for many of us, has given us time that we can use to strengthen our walk with the Lord and serve others. Take time to rest in the Lord. This does not mean sleep or do nothing. I’m using and allowing this time to rest, refresh, and refocus.

Matthew 11:28-29 AMPC 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.”

- Rest is freedom from work, toil, strain or activity. It also means freedom from whatever worries or disturbs you. Some people cannot rest mentally and emotionally because they are so easily annoyed. Every nuisance upsets them and they feel hassled.

- Rest is the cessation of motion or action of any kind, and applicable to any body or being, as rest from labor, rest from mental exertion or rest of body or mind.

- Rest is a release from anxiety, worry, and insecurity.

- Rest does not mean freedom from all nuisances and hassles; it means freedom from being so easily bothered by them.

- Rest means to be inwardly quiet, composed, peaceful.

- Rest can mean to lie down, be settled, fixed, secure. There is no more shifting about in frustration from one thing to another, no more running in circles.

- Rest involves remaining confident, keeping trust. In other words, to rest in something or someone means to maintain our confidence in it or him; to lean on.

Antonyms of rest include restlessness, strain, toil, drudge, and grind.

To Enter God's Rest 

Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.” Without rest and stillness, it is difficult to know and experience the Lord.

To enter God’s rest means to be at peace with God (Romans 5:1), to possess the perfect peace He gives (Isaiah 26:3). It means to be free from guilt and even unnecessary feelings of guilt. It means freedom from worry about sin, because sin is forgiven. In God’s rest we are forever established in Christ. In Christ, we are established, rooted, grounded, unmovable (Colossians 2:7).

To enter God’s rest, therefore, means to enjoy the perfect, unshakable confidence of salvation in our Lord. We have no more reason to fear. We have absolute trust and confidence in God’s power and care.

Here’s the application:

  • Rest is critical to experiencing the Lord and being intimate with Him.
  • Entering the rest of God and being still takes intentionality and saying no to the urgent and noise of the world.
  • Know Christ and you will know rest. No Christ and there will be no rest!
  • When you rest, you also are refreshed! You are energized and strengthened.

How is your rest? Are you growing? Are you being refreshed?

 

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