Rest is a weapon given to us by God. The enemy hates it because he wants you stressed and occupied.”

Elisabeth Elliot

For some reason we feel the need to be busy, so busy in fact that the concept of rest is almost a bad word. Rest is for the lazy. Rest is never deserved. We’ll “rest when we’re dead”. Rest is the few hours of sleep we get in the evening so that we can wake up and be busy all over again the next day.

We have missed the significance of rest.

Weightlifters have rest days in order to allow their muscles to recharge. Companies around the world have times of rest in the middle of the day and are even experimenting with four-day work weeks and seeing increased productivity as a result. Rest is vital to our mental, emotional, and physical well-being and it plays a significant role in maintaining our spiritual health as well.

Rest allows us to reflect on the goodness of God.

Rest gives us time to recover from the harshness of the world.

Rest focuses us on what matters the most in life.

From the beginning God commanded rest through the Sabbath. He even rested Himself following His creating of the world in Genesis. Jesus rested from His ministry obligations from time to time and He provides rest for us now.

This week, take a moment to rest. Meditate on God’s goodness. Observe the creation around you. Reflect on His patience towards you. Sit with your family. Close your eyes for a moment. Rest.

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