Today is a day of rest.
What does rest mean?
Is it that nap that I take every Sunday afternoon?
I recently found out that my grandfather took a nap every Sunday afternoon. He said that if he didn’t get his Sunday nap he felt it all week long. That hard-working Irish man, who passed on an admirable work ethic of diligence and energetic efficiency to his many descendants, took a Sunday nap! That wise man knew something important.
Rest is not a posture of the body, but a condition of the soul.
You can recline in a sleeping position, but be in torment and travail in your soul, tossing and turning on a bed of frustrating mental barbs that rip the very peace from your soul.
There is a Sabbath rest for the people of God.
You were made to rest.
Not only do you need a day of rest from the routine and rampages of the week, you need a time of mental rest, a season of refreshing and restorative rest for the soul.
You need peace.
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever; for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:” Isaiah 26:3-4
Today, rest in peace, as you take time to free your mind of everything of the world, and instead focus on Him, through whom everything was made:
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. John 1:3
When I was a child I tried to imagine what the world would be like if there was no God, and no Creator, and thus, I had never been created. The contemplation became so immense, that there in that moment, I would try to imagine where I would be. . . if I wasn’t. . .
The black holes in my mind would begin to swirl around, and I was afraid that I would be lost in the immense blackness of faithless nonexistence. I would shake my head and force myself to think about something else, because a world without God is a world of nonexistence, just like a moment of focusing on God, is real, is life sustaining, is rest and peace.
Rest in peace today,