Rest is Important


     Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught.  And he said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.”  For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.  So they departed in the boat by themselves” (Mark 6: 30-32.)


     Jesus had sent His apostles out on a short missionary trip.  They were commanded to heal the sick, to cast out demons, and to preach the gospel throughout the land of Israel.  They returned with a good report; under His authority they were able to perform many miracles.  The crowds however, had not permitted them much rest.  The Lord saw that they had been wearied by the long hours, and needed to relax.  In turn, He led His disciples into a deserted place; away from the crowds and the clamor of the ministry.  God desires for each of His children to experience a certain amount of rest.  Rest is an essential component of maintaining our physical, mental, and spiritual health.

     Nowhere in the world is work more highly esteemed than in the United States of America.  Many put their careers ahead of their families, their friends, and sadly, even their God.  Seventy hour work weeks at the office are not unheard of.  Currently, because of technology, the problem has gotten worse; people aren’t just working at the office anymore; they are now working everywhere they go.  Some will work while they are driving; some work at the gym; some work from home; many even work while on vacation.  All of this work has caused large numbers of people to neglect their need for rest and relaxation.

     Jesus Christ recognizes that every human being needs time to rest.  Many of us walk through life without taking time out to recuperate.  Some of us have pushed ourselves too hard.  Amidst the chaos, we need to remember that rest is essential, and that relaxation is a gift from the Lord.  Take time out to fellowship with God one on one; relax and allow your mind, body, and spirit to regenerate.  Give God a portion of your day; a time of peace and quiet reflection.  If we would only take the time to listen, in those still moments, we would hear the voice of God speaking to our hearts, and we would grow stronger.

   “Lord Heavenly Father, we desire to rest and to take time out to fellowship with You; when we neglect our need for relaxation, speak to our hearts and help us to find the time to pursue peace. During these moments of rest, fill us with Your Holy Spirit; speak to our hearts and give us strength and courage; that we may continue doing Your work in this place.  We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name.  Amen.”  God bless all of you!

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