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Peace on Earth 28: The Need for Rest

Peace on Earth Day 28 – The Need for Rest

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28, ESV)

“And he said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.’” (Mark 6:31a)

“In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:8, ESV)

Has the holiday season worn you out? Do you feel tired and a little out of sorts from a packed schedule? Rest is such an important component for our mental and physical health, but it’s also key for staying spiritually healthy. This doesn’t mean rest from our time with the Lord—a daily necessity—but rather a time to sit down, breathe deeply and clear the schedule to make it possible.

Far too often, the first thing that comes off our list when we’re overly busy is our time spent with God. This time should never be viewed as a chore, but rather a beautiful privilege. It recharges and rejuvenates both our bodies and our souls and sparks our spirit. It’s the necessary link for staying intimately and closely connected to our Heavenly Father, and this link is vital to our state of restfulness. 

As you look behind over the past year, how have you done with finding rest in Christ? Are you satisfied with the way you’ve handled your devotional and prayer time, or do you see a need for improvement? How might you better approach the coming New Year so that you are more disciplined in your Bible reading and prayer time? 

If we are to be a people who are at rest, we will need to do more than clear our busy calendars; we will also need to make quiet time with Jesus our highest priority. When we fail in prioritizing this spiritual discipline, we become anxious, irritable, unkind, impatient, and we begin to stray spiritually. So, as we look ahead, let us make time for rest—resting in His Presence—a commitment we seek to keep daily. It’ll always be worth the investment of our time, and we’ll find ourselves in a better place mentally, physically and spiritually.

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