In a world where a single word—TIRED—frequently best describes our condition, the Scriptures offer powerful insight on how to tap into God’s inexhaustible grace for an exhausted world:
My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. (Psalm 62:1)
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. (Psalm 62:5)
Think about all the ways you seek to find rest for your weary soul. Sleep is the most obvious way to rest, of course, but we also seek to find rest in a variety of “distractions” that draw our attention—from hobbies, to recreation, to a favorite television show or movie, to some sort of electronic game, to countless other diversions.
The Bible tells us there is a far better way to get the rest we so desperately crave and need: our best rest is found only in God. There’s only one problem: that seems to be the place where we have a tendency to look last! Sadly, as with prayer, all too often we tend to go to God when all else has failed miserably.
But when we do turn to God, we find a rest that is both refreshing and restorative. God meets us in our place of deepest need and guides us into the rest that is found only in Him. You see, the Creator of the universe knows what is best for everything He created, and that includes you and me. He knows exactly the kind of rest we need to recharge our spiritual batteries so that we can do all that He is calling us to do.
David, whom God inspired to write Psalm 61, could seek his rest in God alone because He knew it was God who had given him both his salvation and his hope. His trust in God translated into a rest that could be found in no other way. He knew God was in control of all things, including his schedule and work load. He knew God always gave him the right amount of time to do all the things He had called him to do.
How is it with you? If you find yourself with too much on your plate, it may very well be that you have simply put too much on it!
In reading the gospel accounts of the life of Jesus, we see our Lord often going off alone to spend time with God. Jesus knew that in order for Him to do all that He intended to do, and in such a short period of time, He would have to balance His work with His rest and He knew the best rest is found on the other side of time alone with God. Many people tell me that they like to curl up with a good book when they are seeking a time of rest and relaxation. That’s a good thing to do . . . but there is one thing even better: making that “good book” the Good Book, the book that is alive and active and life-giving to all who spend time marinating in it and meditating on it.
So . . . how are you doing in the area of seeking the best rest God has to offer? It is the bridge that closes the gap between the life we are called by God to live and the life we are actually living. Hear our Savior’s lovely invitation to enjoy the best rest:
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 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. (Matthew 11:28-30)
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!