I Want Some Rest!


For the past month, I have been running like a chicken with its head cut off. Going to bed late; rising several hours before the sun bids itself ado. I Want Some Rest! While I would miss my wife and kids this weekend, I have been looking longly to this weekend as I would be able to come home Friday and go to sleep without regard to who would wake me. I could, Lord willing, awaken with no agenda other than to repair worn and wearied mind and body. When our minds and bodies are wrought with activity, we seek rest whenever and wherever we can.

As I contemplated the day, the Lord posed a question. “Darron, what is rest?” The Lord did not want me to miss rest and to misrepresent what rest is to those in my sphere of influence/contact.

Answer.com defined rest in the following ways:

  1. Cessation of work, exertion, or activity.
  2. Peace, ease, or refreshment resulting from sleep or the cessation of an activity.
  3. Sleep or quiet relaxation.
  4. The repose of death: eternal rest.
  5. Relief or freedom from disquiet or disturbance.
  6. Mental or emotional tranquillity.
  7. Termination or absence of motion.
  8. Music.
    1. An interval of silence corresponding to one of the possible time values within a measure.
    2. The mark or symbol indicating such a pause and its length.
  9. A short pause in a line of poetry; a caesura.
  10. A device used as a support: a back rest.  Read more:

That’s exactly what I wanted. I wanted my cessation for my body, but I also wanted cessation for my mind.  I wanted to those plaguing and nagging thoughts to dissipate like quick shower on a hot-Georgia summer’s day. In the bible, the word rest appears many times. In the context of activity, the word (mä·nō’·akh) means 1) resting place, state or condition of rest, place a) resting place b) rest, repose, condition of rest c) coming to rest. This is the type of rest the dove was looking for when Noah sent her out to see if the water had dried up in Genesis 8:9. The word mĕnuwchah (men·ü·khä’) 1) resting place, rest a) resting place b) rest, quietness. This place was symbolic of the land Jacob told his sons about in Genesis 49:15. Then there is shabbathown (shab·bä·thōn’) as in the resting of the Sabbath found in Exodus 16. In the new testament, one Greek word for rest is anapausis (ä-nä’-pau-sēs) which means 1) intermission, cessation of any motion, business or labour 2) rest, recreation. Then there is the related word anapauō (ä-nä-pau-‘ō) which means 1) to cause or permit one to cease from any movement or labour in order to recover and collect his strength 2) to give rest, refresh, to give one’s self rest, take rest 3) to keep quiet, of calm and patient expectation

That is the greatest rest in which we all long for is peace of heart and mind which is only found in the LORD God. Aren’t anxiousness, weary eyes from looking for a way out, a despairing heart from hoping for a rescue from a tough situation and the dread of life the things we seek to have true rest from? God says that until we surrender unto him to serve Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, we will have no such rest. If you are look for rest, Jesus says, “27 All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.” Matthew 11:27-29

Jesus, as well as the Father, has called us to serve and follow Him. In Deuteronomy 28, God told the Israelites the consequence for disobedience that is failure to follow Him. Listen to the Word of the Lord, ”

65Among those nations you will find no repose, no resting place for the sole of your foot. There the LORD will give you an anxious mind, eyes weary with longing, and a despairing heart. 66 You will live in constant suspense, filled with dread both night and day, never sure of your life. 67 In the morning you will say, “If only it were evening!” and in the evening, “If only it were morning!”—because of the terror that will fill your hearts and the sights that your eyes will see. 68 The LORD will send you back in ships to Egypt on a journey I said you should never make again. There you will offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy you.”

 

We know what happened to them. They did not listen and they did not enjoy the rest they had when they followed the Lord their God. Do you want some rest? Come to Jesus and get your rest. I did which is why I am writing so late today, but it also the reason that I am not worried about a rental going into foreclosure, an illness debilitating me, a this or that? Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Jesus is the way to God’s rest for your soul. Hebrews 4:1-2 tells us  Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2 For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.

Hear the Words of Jesus and trust Him by giving your life to Him; then regardless of your toil, your soul will always be at rest.


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