The Invitation: Rest is usually considered a physical need. But now, more than ever, rest is also needed for the soul. On a daily basis we are bombarded with new ideas, demands, political agendas, bad news and relational issues. These, along with the uncertainty of the times, can feel weighty. So how can we find rest for our soul? What does it even look like?
It seems the one place our soul is truly able to find rest is by returning to the Lord. He knows what we need for the day. Is it His comfort, truth, or promises? Perhaps a walk, companionship, or music? Listen to Him, learn from Him, and your soul will find rest.
Return to your rest, my soul,
for the Lord has been good to you.
–Psalm 116:7 (NIV)
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.
–Psalm 23:1-3a (NIV)
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
–Matthew 11:28,29 (NIV)
Your Response: Lord, sometimes I feel burdened by the world around me, and my soul is weary and looking for rest. I take this opportunity now to turn my focus, love and affection to You. Speak to me, Lord, as I listen.
(Read through the scriptures above. With each one, ask the Lord: What is it You want to show me or You want me to know about rest?)
(Then ask the Lord how you are to apply your insights to this day.)