Saturday, October 29, 2011

Taking A Biblical Posture On Rest

“He that can take rest is greater than he that can take cities.” –Benjamin Franklin

Sometimes life can make you feel like you’re driving a car on a furious freeway: You’re accelerating to keep up with those in front of you, while those behind you are propelling you even faster. For a few minutes you may hastily press the gas, but ultimately you discern that to most effectively meet your intended destination, safe and on time, you need to stick to the plan and pace yourself (at least with the speed limit!). To truly pace yourself, this means you NEED rest. In Exodus 34:21, “Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest.” For most it’s always harvest season, but when you’re not at your place of work, God knows you need rest—whether it’s Sunday (and ministers can never fully rest on Sunday), or another day, you need a rest-day to cast aside the worries that can be done tomorrow; the laundry, whatever, and simply meditate on God’s goodness. Rest, renew your mind (Romans 12:2), and bring the car in to refuel and recharge!

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