Embracing the Rest of God
The rest of God is a unique truth that has escaped many over the centuries. As it appears in Scripture, it is possible to conclude that there is a state of rest that God gives. The implications are widespread: weariness from life, carrying burdens, overwork, an unbalanced life; even a state of resting in Him where temptations, frustrations, and endless emphasizes of this world don’t reach us with the same strength that we’re used to.
Matthew 11:28 “Come unto me and I will give you rest for your souls.”
Genesis 2:2-3 “On the seventh day He rested, and made it holy, because He rested
from all of His work.”
Hebrews 4:1-3 “We who have believed enter His rest.”
Application and Implications:
· Cease from striving, from pushing harder, from avoiding anxiety, from carrying the
burdens of this life.
· A sense of contentment: being led by the Spirit vs. driven for greater outcomes.
· Resting in His strength rather than working or trying harder.
His Rest: Stillness of the Soul
· Stillness is a state of being; a consciousness of divine peace; does not require
quietness nor being alone; it’s a state of the soul.
· An inner-strength; a quieting of your life; a peace that surpasses understanding; a
sense of rest.
Breaking the Old Patterns that Rob His Rest
· Busyness, agendas, technology, being overcommitted.
· Unprocessed deeper emotions: anger, resentment, frustrations, bitterness, anxiety,
displaced human memories and emotions.
· Low expectancy of a preferred life of resting in Him.
Resting in Them: Trinity
· God – process any and all Father issues; trust, security, affirmations, acceptance, being
· Jesus – obeying clearly the way you are directed; identifying your personal mission and
working it out; living out the clear purpose of the Father in your life.
· Holy Spirit – empowerment, strength, courage, risk, Peace – inner-strength, deep
sense of value, being understood/known, a profound depth to your being.
Rest: Emotional & Spiritual Health
· Actively engage in times of quiet pursuit.
· Rework any unhealthy and outdated patterns that limit His rest.
· Recognize and celebrate His presence, resources, responses.
· Embrace your new freedom.
· Feeling a sense of being at rest: a deep satisfaction; feeling full.
Prayerfully read these three passages; meditate upon them; ask God what this can look like in your life at this time. Pursue a state of unhurried grace. Enjoy the rest of God.