Busy Christians: Take Your Rest!

I chose the title for this piece not to exclude those who are not Christians, but rather because of my own weakness.  I’ve been excitedly working on writing my book, researching publishers, agents, and the rest of it.  All the while I’ve been doing these things I’ve not stopped doing the other things that seem to need my attention and have been up until 2AM  a lot.  I share this with you because I know some of you who are reading this do the same.  We try to be “Super Mom” or “Super Dad” or “Super Servant” of the King when all He asks is for us to be our true selves as He created us to be.  Translation, I just figured out I’m tired.  I think He’s been urging me to take a rest, but “rest in the Lord” has not translated itself in my mind to actual rest but rather to keep  “busy” at work – good work – but work.  So when He spoke louder and I listened, I looked to the Bible for words about rest. 

Sure enough.  He does desire His beloved flock to rest.  He means it.  How do I know this aside from the obvious fact that without it we cannot function as well and thus cannot do the works He has for us?  For starters I found that the NIV Bible contains 496 passages about rest.  Like I said, He means it.  So, before I return to my own rest with Him, I will share a few of those passages with  you:

Genesis 2:2
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.

Exodus 16:23
He said to them, “This is what the LORD commanded: ‘Tomorrow is to be a day of rest, a holy Sabbath to the LORD. So bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.’”

Psalm 55:6
I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest

Psalm 62:5
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.

Isaiah 32:18
My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.

Matthew 11:28
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Luke 23:56
Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.

Hebrews 4:11
Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest,

 

 

4 Responses to Busy Christians: Take Your Rest!

  1. Greetings in the Lord. I am still learning to rest and I’m over 80! I can still feel guilty if I’m not doing something, so your article was very helpful. I actually find ideas flow more easily when i’m resting. But then I have to get up and do something about them!
    I used to write and had a few books published for children mainly and I also wrote regular book reviews, so we have something else in common. Now maybe I’m going to write more in this medium.
    May the Lord encourage you as you share with us. Betty McKay writing from Scotland.

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    • Thank you Betty! I am of Scottish ancestry. Glad to meet you. I’ve got a story written for a children’s picture book, and am in the process of completing a couple of other projects. I am finding that I need to learn about book publishers, finding an agent, and the rest of it. It’s difficult to find a publisher who will welcome someone who’s not yet had a book published. Makes me wonder how many talented folks are writing and yet we cannot read their books because they cannot get their manuscripts read. Ah, but the Lord has a plan. He speaks to us through our dreams sometimes, yes. Perhaps it may be that we don’t always stop to listen when we are awake? He is able and He will enable us! Blessings to you!

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  2. sheila4hastenhome says:

    You are so right. I see over and over that the Christian life is all about balance–in this instance, the balance of work and rest. Years ago, a dear friend of mine urged me that it was not only okay, but necessary, for us to take times of re-creation and rest. One Scripture that has helped me remember this is the words of Jesus Himself to His disciples in Mark 6:31: “Come ye yourselves apart…and rest a while.” 🙂

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