I rested my head on my pillow, but my mind kept working. I’d pushed all day, yet I hadn’t accomplished what I wanted. Would sleep be one more thing that wouldn’t get done?
A Scripture interrupted my thoughts: “He gives to His beloved even in his sleep” (Psalms 127:2, NASB).
Are you saying that if I rest You’ll accomplish what concerns me?
I took a deep breath. Okay, I’ll let go and let You work. Sounded like a deal to me.
The next morning I sat on my porch reflecting on the power of rest. I asked the Lord to help me rest in Him. I committed the day’s schedule to Him and consciously submitted my plans to His will.
Before retiring that night, I grabbed my journal and jotted a quick list of thanksgivings. My jaw dropped as I realized how much had been accomplished. I smiled when I remembered my frustration the night before.
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When I work from a position of rest, I find pleasure in my activities. I also enjoy the Lord and the people around me. Being motivated is fun; being driven isn’t enjoyable for anyone.
The Bible shows two kinds of works: the works of human effort and the works of God. We must stop striving to join God in His work.
• “For whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his” (Hebrews 4:10, ESV).
• Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent” (John 6:29, ESV).
• “ Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve” (Colossians 3:23-24, NASB).
• “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20, NIV).
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We must stop striving to:
• Change other people
• Fix our problems
• Insulate ourselves from pain
• Prove our worth
• Prove we’re right
• Prove the other person is wrong
• Control the future
• Manipulate our circumstances
• Cover our guilt
• Defeat sin
Unbelief rob us and God. Our work is to believe Jesus is enough.
• The strength of my Savior instead of the strength of my effort.
• The greatness of my God instead of the size my faith
• The faithfulness of my Lord instead of the earnestness of my commitment
• The competency of Christ instead of the certainty of my convictions
Rest is not only pleasant; it is powerful. In what area do you need to remember Jesus is enough?
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Debbie W. Wilson
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