Rest rejuvenates, refreshes and reinvigorates. â€œSix days you shall do your work, and on the seventh day you shall rest, that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your female servant and the stranger may be refreshed. (Exodus 23:12). Rest allows you to reflect, reexamine and recompose your thoughts.
Rest encourages you to reconsider and reposition. â€œMy yoke is easy and My burden is light.â€ The rest that Jesus offers is a promise that His spirit will do the â€œheavy lifting.â€ Rest repositions your thoughts, actions and reactions in alignment with the way, will and word of God. That way, you are not frenzied and worried and always ripping and runningâ€”trying to â€œmake things happenâ€â€”you do what you are called to do, and let God be God!
In today\’s busy society, many pastors don\’t have time for members, parents don\’t have time for their own children, husbands and wives don\’t have time for developing loving relationships, and friends don\’t have time for fellowship. We make promises to â€œcall soonâ€, â€œcome byâ€ or â€œdo lunchâ€ but never seem to take the time. God didn\’t call us to be busy; He called us to be fruitful. He also called us to engage in Godly relationships that bless each other.
A wise woman once told me that if I would spend intimate time with God at the beginning of each day, I would find that the rest of my day would be much more focused and productive. At the time, I was young and couldn\’t figure out how â€œtakingâ€ time away from working could result in increased productivity; I later learned that Godly wisdom does not agree with the ways of the world.
Don\’t miss the opportunity here! Change your schedule and your life! â€œEnter inâ€ to the Day of rest each week. If you do, you\’ll approach the next week as the refreshed person that God meant for you to be. Return to the rest that will rejuvenate you from the inside out. It\’s never too late to change!
Here are some practical guidelines for the â€œdayâ€ of rest:
Go to church and worship God. Acts 17:1-2, Heb 10:23-25
Study the word 2 Tim. 2:15
Engage in a time of extra prayer Acts 16:13
Refrain from doing business. Neh 13:15-22
God Bless You!