Say Yes to Rest
Please tell me I’m not the only one out there who feels just plain exhausted from time to time. The responsibilities of motherhood, ministry, my mentorship program, writing, and maintaining the relationships in my life sometimes wear on me. I feel pulled in so many directions and yet I won’t stop to breathe because I’m constantly thinking about everything that needs to be done, and what’s not being done while I’m resting.
But what if I told you rest was a command from God? What if I told you that when God rested on the 7th day (Gen 2:2-3), it wasn’t because He physically needed to, it was because He was setting a precedent for us. Hebrews 4: 9-10 tells us, “There remains then a Sabbath rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works just as God did from his.”
But what does it mean to actually rest? I’m not talking about simply taking a nap or taking a day off from work. I’m referring to the Greek word ‘anapausis’ meaning ‘cessation and refreshment.’ You could also refer to the Hebrew words ‘shabbat’ meaning ‘to cease’, or ‘nuach’ meaning ‘to be quiet.’ It’s in our decision to cease the busyness of our everyday lives, be still, and be quiet that we are able to experience divine rest and refreshment.
Why We Need Rest
1. To Hear From The Holy Spirit.
There are things the Holy Spirit will reveal to you in only in the quiet moments of your life. It’s when we pause in His presence that we hear him the loudest and the clearest. It’s the stillness that allows us to tune out the influence of society and culture and media and truly hear the voice of our father. His voice leads. His voice guides. His voice directs. His voice provides clarity. His voice also offers gentle reminders of who He is and who we are in Him when we go through rough times and difficult situations.
2. To Be Replenished–
One of the roles of the Holy Spirit is to empower. When we are pouring out, we need someone to pour back into us, otherwise, we’ll become and remain depleted. After all, it’s impossible to pour out of an empty cup. Who better than the ultimate empowerer to refill us from the inside out? Jeremiah 31:25 tells us God will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint, but it requires us to be still enough to allow Him to do so. Isaiah 30:15 reminds us that in repentance and rest we find salvation, and in quietness and trust is our strength. The fact is, we can find everything we need- strength, peace, wisdom, and more in God. So we need to give Him the opportunity to give us what we need.
3. To Continue Operating In Excellence–
How on earth are you able to do what God has placed you on this earth to do if you’re not strong enough to carry out the vision? When you have heard from the Holy Spirit about what to do, and then have allowed yourself to be refueled and empowered, you’re able to actually do what you need to do. The Bible tells us to do all things as unto the Lord (Col 3:23). Last time I checked God wasn’t out here doing things haphazardly. He’s always operating out of a spirit of excellence, and we should be too. But it’s kind of hard to be excellent when exhaustion gets the upper hand. I find that when I’m exhausted I make a lot of errors I generally wouldn’t make and overlook a lot of things I generally would have caught. But when I am well rested and Holy Spirit empowered, I can slay almost anything. I parent more effectively, write better, mentor with more wisdom, and serve with what seems to be more fervor. In my own strength, I seem to barely be getting by, but with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).
Rest is a fundamental part of being our best selves. A depleted and broken down person is in no position to conquer for the Kingdom. We have to break the mindset of the world that says being still equates to laziness. We have to surrender the worldly idea that rest equals wasting time. There are things accomplished for our minds, bodies, and souls when we rest that can’t be accomplished at any other time. As we rest in God we will find rest for our weary souls. So do as Isaiah 40:31 tells us and wait on the Lord so He can renew your strength. Then you will soar on wings like eagles, you will run and not grow weary, you will walk and not grow faint.
Staff Writer at Christian En Vogue
Diamond Grant is passionate follower of Christ with a deep love for writing. After rededicating her life to Christ during her college years, Diamond became an advocate for women pursuing mental, emotional, and physical health/wellness. When she is not busy being a homeschooling mama to her son or mentoring women on the road to healing, you can find her with a stack of books and a journal nearby ready to take notes.