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:
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.
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.’”
I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest—
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.
My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.
Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest,