September 1, 2015

Finding God's Rest

Even the little cottontail rabbit that hangs out in my yard knows when to rest. You can see in this picture that a cool shady spot was the perfect place for a late afternoon siesta.

What about us? Do we know when we need to rest, or do we think we are the Energizer Bunny that can go on and on forever? Maybe we have a full plate or too much on our plate. Maybe we have some hard things on our plate right now and we haven’t even considered taking care of ourselves with some body and soul rest.

We might not want to admit it but – we really do need some rest.

If you are experiencing extreme weariness, frustration, and discouragement - the best remedy is to give all your cares to the Lord and rest in knowing He can carry it all. When you finally let go and stop wrestling, and instead rest, you will soon recognize that you are experiencing something new. In letting go and resting, you will find you are growing strong again.

Your strength is renewed when you let go and find God’s rest. 

I want to emphasize this point…

When you find God’s rest, you will also find His strength. It is one of God’s mysterious ways that in surrendering our human failings and drawing on His strength, and not our own - we ultimately find the rest and the strength we were trying to find, it is found in the Lord. Can you begin to imagine the source of strength that comes from Almighty All-Powerful God?

Yes, the ultimate mystery and blessing is that when you find God’s rest you will also find God’s strength.

Matthew 11:28
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Isaiah 40:31
But those who wait on the LORD
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

1 Peter 5:7
Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

(If you click on Verses for Your Encouragement at the top of this page, you will find many references among the verses listed there to God being our strength. Too many to put with the post but I hope you will read them.)