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Is Rest Really That Important?

Over the past few weeks, God has been speaking to me about a vital command that I believe changes everything about our walk with Him (this is a pretty high claim, so just bear with me on this). I also believe that in our American culture, Christians have pushed this command to the side or completely ignored it. I’m talking about rest. Something so simple, yet so complicated.

Learning to rest is one of the hardest things our culture has faced, but it’s one of the most important things that God asks us to do.

Why is this so important? We all need rest. (Can I get an Amen?) Mark 2:27 says that, “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath.” Not a single person has ever been created to be able to go non-stop without taking a break, though I know that a lot of us believe that we are the exception to that. Our society has twisted the biblical idea of rest. We have been tricked into thinking that rest is for the weak. We are rewarded for working longer hours, we are praised for workaholism, and we are promoted when we sign our souls over to our jobs. Want to be successful? Say goodbye to your social life. Want to move up in the company? Neglect your family and your hobbies. We have also been instilled with wrong ideas of rest. When we can actually find time to rest, we do things that are actually far from restful. These include: binge-watching Netflix, playing video games, drinking or partying, etc. These might sound restful, but they are robbing your rest.

Rest is important because it is how God made us. It’s also important because it can be used as an indicator to see if we are trusting in God. Do you ever find it hard to rest when you’re anxious about something? Have you ever stayed up all night because your brain just won’t shut off? You get anxious when you feel like it’s all on you to figure out the problem. When you learn to trust God, it becomes easier to sleep at night. You know He’s got your back, so you can take a break. Trust is the key to resting well. If you feel overworked or overwhelmed, chances are you might be trying to control your circumstances or figure out an issue on your own. Just like any other relationship, trust begins with intimacy. The more you get to know someone’s character, the easier it is to trust them. The closer you get to God’s heart, the easier it will be to trust Him, and the easier it will be to rest in Him.

Rest is not the lack of hardship or problems, it’s acknowledging the presence of God.

God is your true sense of rest. God created rest to be fun, it’s not like we have to force ourselves to do it, but sometimes we do have to force ourselves to stop working. If we can trust that God will take care of us and what we have going on, we can hand those things off for a day and recharge. Rest looks different for everyone. You might enjoy taking a walk, or reading a book on the porch. Whatever it is, just do it with God. Rest in His presence, because that is what our souls were made for. Like I said earlier, this command to rest is so vital for our walk with God. If we’re not resting in God, we’re saying that we don’t need Him and that we’re perfectly capable of taking care of ourselves. This is a form of idolatry, where our strength is the idol we’re worshiping. Take some time and answer these questions: Where do you find your rest? Is it actually restful? Are you trusting God to take care of you?

Jose has a gift for leadership and loves having opportunities to teach others, as well as learning. As a husband, he is humble and seeks to point his family to Jesus and biblical truth. Jose loves the outdoors, but not as much as coffee. He has a passion for discipleship, especially in the lives of young men.