Rest: Is It A Gift?

Most people work hard. Many people have goals in their lives that require a lot of work, a lot of planning, of brainstorming, seeking counsel and doing research for the purpose of succeeding in meeting their goals in life. It has been said that those who don’t have a plan are already planning to fail. Sometimes a fail in a plan can be inevitable when you are not keeping things in proper perspective. One can lose sight of the goal when you take your eyes off the prize and just settle for something, like: “Oh well, that’s close enough, I guess.”

Hard work has its rewards. You work hard at your job to make ends meet at home. You do your best to accommodate the requirements for productivity on the job, to produce output so that you can keep your job for a long time, to earn raises, to hopefully make friends of some of your coworkers, and build good relationships with bosses in order to earn their respect.  All of this requires a conscious effort on your part to be all you can be, in the Lord. So what does all of this have to do with “Rest”?

Being at rest, and working hard sounds like a paradox, doesn’t it?  It’s like you are sitting in a chair, but you’re still standing up on the inside of you. You can equate it to jumping up and down while you’re trying to get the baby to go to sleep. How do we get this rest thing to work while you’re anxious? How can you rest when you are writing a blog when the cat is sitting on the printer and all of a sudden the printer falls on the floor?  It happened just now. (the cat’s still running through the house).

Psalm 37: 7 says “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him: do not fret because of him who prospers in his way; because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret – it only causes harm.”

In Matthew 11: 28, Jesus is saying “Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Come and learn of Me for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for you soul.  For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”

Hebrews 4: 3, 9-12  state that ” we who believe do enter that rest”, and “There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent (strive to) enter that rest lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart”.

Based on the Word of the Lord, then, rest is therefore, a heart matter. Rest is a gift God has given and made available for you to enter into. It is a sabbath rest. Our Comforter , the Holy Spirit will make this alive in your life when you call upon Him. For Jesus said that “when He, the Holy Spirit comes, He will guide you into all truth….He will take from what is Mine and show it unto you.”

This is what He will be showing you:      “Be still and know that I am God.” “Call upon Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things that you know not.” “You receive not because you ask not” “Is anything too hard for God?” “For God does not give you the spirit of fear, but of power, of love and of a sound mind.” “Ask, and it shall be given unto you. Seek, and you shall find. Knock and the door shall be opened unto you.”. “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage, do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Now, by faith, enter His rest.  For the promises of God are “Yes” and “Amen.”

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