I have been struck this week with the importance of REST.
Not just in the sense of having time off or sleeping, although both of those are important.
I am thinking of the deeper, spiritual sense: finding REST in God that invigorates, inspires and help us serve Him better in our day-to-day. It is nice to think that we can take extended periods of REST to do this and I’m sure that many of us have been susceptible to a moment of envy when a friend tells us they are going on a month-long holiday somewhere!!!
Finding time to REST is crucial. And in that REST, spending time with God reading scripture, praying, reflecting, singing, writing, dancing, whatever methods are useful for you in connecting with Jesus.
It should not be a surprise to us that the idea of enforced REST or a sabbath as it is called in the Bible is one of the first things we see God do after he has worked (Gen 2:3). In our modern world with technology at our fingertips and notifications constantly going off on our various devices, REST can be more elusive than ever.
Let me encourage us as a church to REST. Not by binge-watching television, but by deliberate decision and action to REST in God.
I have been encouraged by mentors and those close to me, to not take this lightly. I know I have a propensity to just answer that email now or return that phone call or organise that project immediately. As if a few minutes or hours wait would jeopardise the whole world!
The Lord has been pretty clear that we need to take REST seriously.
Just before the ten commandments we read:
Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. – Exo 20:8
Jesus told us the idea of a specific day is not necessarily the point though:
Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.” – Mark 2:27-28
The point is that we REST.
May we find REST in Jesus this week.