Enter God's Rest
By: Mr. Egbert Jrish
On the first night of camp, Mrs. Miles led us through the creation story. On the seventh day, God rested and the rest was GOOD. Thousands of years after the creation, when God led the Israelites out of Egypt and when he gave Moses the law for the people, he even created a period of rest for the land in which the Israelites couldn’t farm every certain amount of years so that the land could REST. God knows that the world He created is at its best when we rest. What does that mean for you and me? We need to just chill out on some stuff. Towards the end of Matthew 6, Jesus instructs us not to worry about the small stuff.
Think about how much you know God loves you. He sent his only son Jesus to share in our emotions, to fully understand us, and then Jesus offered himself as a sacrifice so that we’d be restored to right-standing with God, so that we can ultimately be together again.
Don’t you think that if God took that much care and intentionality to fight for a relationship with you, won’t he fight for you and me in the small stuff too?
So when things begin to stress me out, when I’m getting pressed up on a deadline, or when there’s something keeping my spirit in a sense of dis-ease, I choose to remind myself of a few things.
God created ME PERFECTLY, in His image. Yes, he created humanity in His image, but that means that he created ME in his image. I am just the way He planned for me to be, and I know he knows what’s best for me.
God loves me so much, just the way I am, that he sent Jesus to die in my place.
God is for me, not against me. He wants to see me thrive.
Rest is a God-created and God-given gift.
Take a deep breath, remind yourself of these truths, and REST in the peace and joy that comes as a result of understanding these truths.