Rest is a key factor to our everyday lives, and it seems to be a common theme throughout the scriptures as you study throughout. As I have printed before, being busy can really hamper our Christian growth as we move forward in our lives.
One of the central themes of many of the Psalms is rest. Psalm 23 states that, “He makes me lie down in green pastures, He restores my soul.” Psalm 95 paints the picture of a rest that is provided by God to His people:
“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, when your fathers put me to the test and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work. For forty years I loathed that generation and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart, and they have not known my ways.” Therefore I swore in my wrath, “They shall not enter my rest.”” — Psalm 95:6-11 (ESV).
The rest that the Psalmist is speaking to is the rest that God promises us…a rest that can only be found in all out devotion to Him.
The Sabbath was set aside for rest under the law to give the people a day to reflect, relax, and renew themselves, but too many of us today run ourselves into the ground by letting ourselves over-commit our schedules. The fast pace of today’s world has caused many to lose sight of the Lord in their lives. We become too wrapped up in our plans to stop and see the plans that God has for us.
If we would take the time to rest, we would find a renewal of strength that only the Lord can provide. We must humble ourselves to receive the blessings that God intends for us, but we must make sure that we are not too busy to see when they come our way.
I would like to encourage each of you to look deep into your heart and see where your priorities lie…
The only way for us to fully rest is to take the time to get to know our God, and the only way to do that is to read His word. We have to fully immerse ourselves in the Word of God to really get to know Him. For that reason we need to get to know His Word so that we can make sure we are living the way we should, as well as making sure that we can discern the lies that the world will throw our way.
I will look deeper into this issue of rest next week as we look at Hebrews 3-4.