What do you think when you hear the word rest?
Does it mean to sleep more? Refrain from activity? Be unproductive, weak or lazy?
What does it mean when the Bible talks about rest from a spiritual perspective? How do you embrace His rest?
Over the course of a year, I learned the meaning of rest. I learned to “be still and know that I am God” as the Bible says in Psalms 46:10.
In times when I rest, or become still, I hear the still small voice of God.
In John 10:27, Jesus says, “my sheep hear my voice.” I know that I can hear Him because it is recorded in scripture.
How can I hear the Lord if my mind is full of worry, anxiety, stress and chaos? The answer is rest; become still. I still my body and my mind so that I can hear Him.
In order to rest, I must also place my faith in God.
I believe, know and trust that He is sufficient in all things. He is in control. He is the great “I Am.” The One who is all I need in every situation. When I rest, I remember that while I am not in control of every situation in my life, I trust the One who is.
The enemy of my soul does not want me to be still. He knows the difference between times when I am a rested warrior in God’s Kingdom versus a warrior sidelined by worry and stress. When I am still and rested, I am a powerful warrior because I breathe in the very breath of God.
During this time when God relentlessly pursued me to willingly seek His rest, I learned to fight. Resting is an attitude, not just a physical act.
In rest, I place my trust in God and His faithfulness, believing He is sufficient for every situation.
Have you decided to embrace His rest? What do you need to do in order to rest in Him?