REST is a good promise. And if I were a betting person, I would probably win the bet that you have never considered rest as a good part of God’s promise to us. When we celebrate the promises of God as recorded in the Holy Writ, we most often celebrate the kind of promises that we believe will bring us the physical healing, financial breakthrough, or the social promotion that we want, need, or just secretly desire. We might be grateful for the rest we get when we go to bed at night or from the cat naps we take during the day, but to think of rest as a promise fulfilled by God just might be a new way to begin to think of rest.
The instruction for God’s people to rest on the Sabbath, the seventh day, throughout the Old Testament, just might be a promise couched in words of instruction because the good Lord knew we might underestimate its value in our lives. We all need rest. We all need the kind of rest that soothes and rejuvenates us from the inside out. We also need the kind of rest that stills the drama we encounter on the outside, in our various human interactions. Friends, we all need rest. We all need to take the time to rest so that we might take advantage of this good promise of God. We all need to take the time to rest and possibly re-imagine the benefits of rest as God’s fulfillment of a promise to us and not just a command that we have to get through to get to the next thing, the next day, or the next moment.
Rest is a good promise. It is a God promise that we too often neglect and the consequences of such neglect we can feel immediately or once the lack of rest hits us like a ton of bricks down the road.
Rest is a good promise. It is a God promise that we need to receive as a blessing that prepares us to face life’s challenges and as a break from life’s complications.
Rest is a good promise. It is a God promise that reveals God’s love for us in a different kind of way – compassionate, gentle, and peaceful. It is Shalom.
May the Lord of our rest be praised!
As soon as Solomon finished praying and making these requests to the Lord, he got up from before the Lord’s altar, where he had been kneeling with his hands spread out to heaven. He stood up and blessed the whole Israelite assembly in a loud voice: “May the Lord be blessed! He has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. He hasn’t neglected any part of the good promise he made through his servant Moses." (1 Kings 8:54-61)
Friends, when the Lord allows you the space to be still, to rest in Him, He is taking care of you in ways that you might not even realize. He is taking care of you in ways that go beyond the physical. God is taking care of you in ways that should cause you to bless his name!
I pray that on today you would see rest as a promise of the Lord and not just a command. I pray that you would embrace all of its benefits and not feel as if you are being slighted just because you took a break to do so. I pray that you would begin to bless the Lord for every time you get to rest and that you would see your rest in Him as a gracious and tremendous fulfillment of God’s promise to you. Lastly, I pray as Solomon prayed -
May the Lord our God be with us, just as he was with our ancestors. May he never leave us or abandon us. May he draw our hearts to him to walk in all his ways and observe his commands, his laws, and his judgments that he gave our ancestors. And may these words of mine that I have cried out before the Lord remain near to the Lord our God day and night so that he may do right by his servant and his people Israel for each day’s need, and so that all the earth’s peoples may know that the Lord is God. There is no other God! Now may you be committed to the Lord our God with all your heart by following his laws and observing his commands, just as you are doing right now.”
May you embrace your rest as a promise fulfilled by the Lord our God!
GOD LOVES YOU and I DO TOO!