“So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience. Hebrews 4:9-11 NASB
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NASB
Rest is a weapon! It’s not a day; it’s a lifestyle. It’s not necessarily putting your feet up; it’s laying your burdens down. It requires “letting go” of worries, anxieties, and fears. You have to quit trying to figure it out on your own. How can “I” fix this? How can “I” make this happen? The answer is, “you can’t.” So quit trying.
How do you deal with things too difficult for you, things that cause anxiety and fear. Who do you give it too? Your spouse doesn’t want it. Your banker can only go so far. Your pastor can listen; your best friend can try to understand. BUT…
Your Heavenly Father is waiting to embrace your need, carry it for you, and show you wisdom’s path.
“Father, I give this situation to you. I can’t carry it anymore. It’s too heavy for me. I give you my family, my finances, my past, my present, my future. Forgive me for worry, for fear, for not trusting you. Forgive me for allowing this problem to look bigger than your ability to fix it. Show me how to enter into your rest. I choose to put all of this in your hands and watch you work it out. I’ll just rest and listen to hear your direction. I will be faithful to obey when you speak to me. Forgive me for thinking it all depends on me. I choose to add the weapon of rest to my arsenal.
Worry, fear, dread, anxiety are not my friends. I kick them out today. I invite you into every problem I have and trust in your ability to make a way where there is no way. There is nothing too difficult for you. ”
“O LORD, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; Nor do I involve myself in great matters, Or in things too difficult for me. Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; Like a weaned child rests against his mother, My soul is like a weaned child within me. O Israel, hope in the LORD From this time forth and forever.”
Psalms 131:1-3 NASB