How are you? How has your week been? Why do we seem to perpetually answer these questions with busy and tired? Why is it that we seem to always have this set in sense of exhaustion and weakness? Is it really because there is more than usual going on? Or is it because we did not get enough sleep?
Maybe wrongly, but I would suggest that this deep sense of tiredness is not physical, but rather spiritual. It is a lacking of the rest that the Holy Spirit brings into our lives. Think. Think hard. When was the last time that you really spent time diving into scripture to rest? I cannot remember the last time I did. I read scripture all the time, but to learn to crave, not to rest. So what am I even talking about?
In Exodus 33:14, “The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest,” God tells Moses that he will be given rest in Jesus. That rest that The Lord is referring to is a peace. He was talking to Moses. And if you think about the life of Moses I would not imagine that he was the kind of person who got a whole lot of sleep at night. But hey, leading an entire country wandering for 40 years straight is a big job. The rest God was talking about was a spirit of rest and peace.
When we are physically busy, how often do we take time to rest in God’s word? I know for me it is not often, but if our rest comes from God why do we pull away from that? Matthew 11:28-29 says “28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened (oh snap that’s us), and I will give you rest. (Which is exactly what we need) 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” God wants us to rest in him. Notice that verse 29 says rest for your soul. Not your body. Your soul. God gives us the rest of the Spirit, which is so much more important than the rest of the body.
This week, I implore us all, even myself, to take time to rest, really rest, in the Word and presence of God. His yoke is easy and his burden is light. He is where we will find rest and peace for our soul. This week, spend time in prayer, ask the Lord for unshakable peace. He wants to answer that prayer. Just like he said to Moses, when his presence is with you, you will be at rest. Go, and be at peace because the Lord has given it to you.
Written By: Ellie Lamb