Receiving Rest

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3, 2016

Day of Rest

Key Bible Verse: Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. (Psalm 37:7)

Dig Deeper: Psalm 37

Humans are created with the need to rest. Writers and readers both know that rest is a necessity. A paragraph break, for example, exists for one singular purpose: to give the reader a little break. Without paragraphs, we have no place to stop and think about whatever we have just read. A book without paragraphs is a life with no naps, no sleep. We were created to rest.

Sadly, when and if we think about rest, we often think of it in ways that are out of sync with (if not opposite from) the way the Bible thinks and speaks of rest. For example, we assume that rest is the same thing as getting enough sleep at night, having enough downtime to gather our thoughts or getting away from it all. We see rest as largely environmental and emotional. We see rest as something that’s fundamentally self-created, self-initiated, and self-made.

The Bible takes no such individualistic perspective on the topic of rest. Rest, as we come to find in the story of Moses in the desert, is something God finds on our behalf. “The Lord went before them … to find them a place to rest” (Num. 10:33, NIV). What kind of God does this? What kind of God has time, let alone a passion, for finding rest?

– A. J. Swoboda in The Dusty Ones


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