“But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.” Micah 7:7 (NASB)
This age is one filled with busyness — seeking, striving, working, overworking, constant, non-stop pursuit. And with it comes so much stress and pressure that never let up.
Because if we do, then everything will fall apart. Right?
At least that’s what we tell ourselves. At least that is what the evil one wants us to believe.
But the truth is that we need to stop. The truth is that we need to rest.
The truth is that our bodies need rest — that our bodies crave rest — in order to be at their best. And our souls need to rest in order thrive … perhaps in order to survive.
I cannot say for sure. But it is incontrovertible that God built into our very being a need for rest — on all levels. When we are awake for extended periods of time, our body begins to shut down for sleep. When we exercise a particular muscle group, we then need to rest it in order for it to heal, grow and strengthen. When we study intensely for a period of time, our minds then need a break in order to assimilate the information absorbed.
And our souls need rest from the constant striving in order to deepen our dependence on God.
When we rest in the Lord, we acknowledge that we are not in control … that the outcome (of whatever it is we are striving to accomplish) is not dependent on us alone. We acknowledge that all things are actually in the hands of the Lord. We admit to our frailty and limitations and surrender to His strength and all-sufficiency.
God says: “wait on Me. Depend on Me. Trust in Me alone.”
When we rest, not only are we taking care of the bodies and souls that God gave us, but more importantly, we are depending on God and honoring Him in the process.
For me, I learning this to be true: deepening my dependence on myself isn’t get me very far … but deepening my dependence on God will take me everywhere I truly want to be.