Aside from weekly meal plan posts, this blog has been pretty silent since November. Let’s just say I’ve been weary. I’ve felt not only physical exhaustion, but my soul has been restless. My to-do lists have become a burden when they should be a tool. The “things I want to do” have been neglected because of all the “things I have to do.” Consequently, my temper has been short and my attitude pretty stinky.
Right now, all I want is rest and peace, but December has not been restful or peaceful. It’s been BUSY!
And so, I’ve been prayerful this month, trying to discern God’s will for me and seeking the rest He promises. He’s been faithful, revealing places in His Word where spiritual rest is available to those who enter into His presence. When we submit our lives to His will for us and walk in His “good way”, we will find rest for our souls. We will be refreshed, rejuvenated, and energized in Him.
It’s important to know that this rest is not “more sleep.” God does not promise physical rest in this life: Remember, He wants workers! But when we experience God’s rest, we cease striving and trying to do everything on our own, and that may very likely lead to physical rest. In this post I want to share with you some scriptures I have been meditating on to stop striving and to rest in Him. I’ve also included “my thoughts” on each of the verses in an effort to encourage us.
At the end of this post is a handy printable of these 10 verses for you! Be sure to download your copy if you, like me, feel weary. Meditating on God’s Word will never come back void.
8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.”
God commanded His people to rest from their labors on the Sabbath. He desired them to stop working and worship Him. We, too, need to observe a Sabbath — whether one day a week or a short period each day — in which we stop what we’re doing and give praise to our Father. But rest will not happen unless we intentionally plan for it.
12 “Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and so that the slave born in your household and the foreigner living among you may be refreshed.”
God not only desired worship on the Sabbath, but He knew the needs of man & beast for rest and refreshment. God is the giver of good gifts. Accept His gift of rest and take regular breaks each week from your labors to thank Him for His perfect provisions.
“He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.’”
Our Almighty God is worthy of praise & exaltation. Take time each day to “be still.” Life is buzzing by, but God commands that we kneel at His feet and acknowledge His sovereignty. Exalt your God above the housework, Facebook, and even your kids.
“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him.”
The psalmist David knew that only in God can we find real restorative rest. We can look for comfort from others, from things like food and entertainment, even shopping, but no one and no thing can soothe our souls like our Sovereign God. In Him alone can we rest. Abide in Him.
“This is what the Lord says:
‘Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.
But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’”
We have a choice. We can walk in the good way — God’s way — and find rest for our souls. Or we can walk in our own paths, setting our own agenda, relying on our own wisdom, and rest will continue to evade us. We must give up what we want and submit ourselves completely to His “good way.”
“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”
Here the Lord tells the prophet Jeremiah that when He restores Israel and brings them out of captivity, He will provide rest. Do you need restoration or refreshment?
God promises the same to us when we turn from our sinful ways & abide wholly in Him.
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
The quintessential verses on rest come from our loving Savior and burden-freer, Jesus Christ. Yoked with Christ, we are unencumbered by the weight of this world, for He bears our load for us. Turn your burdens over to Jesus.
“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’”
Jesus knew that His disciples were weary and needed rest. It isn’t ever easy to find time to rest —we Moms have so many responsibilities — but rest is essential if we want to do God’s work effectively. Even Jesus rested, Mom. Take a timeout.
19 “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord…”
When we repent of our sins, we receive not only forgiveness, but also spiritual refreshment. Thank You, Father, for Your sweet solace.
9 “There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.”
God wants us to enter His rest, not just in the hereafter, but now, in this moment. He wants us to experience His rest and peace every single day. God’s rest continues even after death and into eternity.
The world makes us restless. We need, we want, we’ve got to have, but our desires are not of God and consequently bring strife and weariness. These desires of the flesh will only pass away, but “whoever does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:17). Trusting in that promise brings peace and rest to our weary souls.
Do you need God’s rest today?