Imagine living a life where you reason for resting it simply cessation, not recovery of strength and energy.
Text for Today – Hebrews 4:9 – There remaineth therefor a rest to the people of God
Generally, when you think of taking a rest, you are likely also thinking of someone who is tired or weary, and therefore in need of rest. Keep in mind, however, that in the kingdom of God, we are told that we should “run and not be weary.” We are likewise told that we are not to be “weary in well doing.” So, if we’re not tired, or weary, why should we consider rest? Let’s take a look at that.
In our Text for Today, the words say, “rest to the people of God.” Notice that “tired” or “weary” are not mentioned. Just what does God consider “rest?” In Genesis, the Word says that on the seventh day, God rested from His labor. In that case, “rest” means a cessation from a particular function or activity. For God, it was a Sabbath; a day of cessation from His labor. But ceasing from one’s own labor does not necessarily mean ceasing from all labor. In the great fasting chapter of Isaiah 58, the Lord tell us how wo delight ourselves in Him. That occurs when we cease, or enter into a cessation of doing OUR OWN ways, finding OUR OWN pleasure, and speaking OUR OWN words. That does not mean we cease from doing, finding pleasure, or speaking. It simply means we cease from doing all those things OUR OWN WAY. Instead, we seek to do HIS ways, find HIS pleasures, and speak HIS words.
When a person does this, that person has entered into a personal Sabbath, and in so doing, entered into the realm of pleasing God. In that place are the greatest blessings you can know. Not only does God promise to give you the desires of your heart, but to take you far beyond even that and onto the high places of the earth, and to feed into your life blessings beyond description. Now that’s rest for the UN–weary. I don’t know about you, but I can surely enjoy that kind of manifestation of the Lord in my life, and not only would I not become weary of the blessing, but by doing those things that please the Father, I would find myself empowered with supernatural ability and energy by the Lord to accomplish all He sets before me without being wearied. Imagine it; living in a continual state of rest, while not being weary from the labors I perform. Once again, that is rest for the UN-weary.
Manna for Today – Philippians 4:13; Isaiah 58:6-14; Psalm 37:4; Isaiah 40:31