Rest is vital to our health. God embedded rest in the instruction manual for humans. He designed sleep to give our bodies restoration. During sleep even our brains detox. At creation, God initiated the 7th day as a Sabbath knowing we would need purposeful rest in order to thrive. God implemented fasting for our bodies to take a break from the demands of the digestion process. In previous blogs we’ve looked at the many benefits of fasting: the body is renewed, cleansed, and strengthened in countless ways.
How do we get rest from a weary, heavy heart?
This is an important question because we cannot keep going without rest. Physically tired? Go to sleep. Too busy and exhausted? Schedule some recreational time.
What can we do if our worries are constant and there is no sign of hope on the horizon? Where can we go to get a break from our burden when we carry it inside of us? Is there relief for a weary heart?
God has designed rest from the spiritual weariness caused by our burdens. In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus addresses this:
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls, for My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
How do we get rest from a heavy spiritual burden? Jesus gives it to us, and rest is found in learning from Him.
Our hearts are comforted, and our burdens are lifted by knowledge of Him. Our souls find rest as we find He is more than capable, willing, and faithful to carry our load.
Many times, I realize my shoulders are not broad enough to carry the weight of my burden. I need God’s peace to replace the anxiety in my heart. I need rest for my soul. The more time I spend with Him in His word, the more I understand who He is:
King of kings … Lord of Lords … Father … Emmanuel … Savior … Comforter … Provider … Healer … Shepherd … Teacher … Righteous Judge … Mighty … All-knowing … All-powerful … Holy … Righteous … Loving … Merciful … Compassionate … Faithful …
The other day I was anxious and perplexed about an issue with my kids. How will they be affected, and do I have all the information I need? That morning I read Romans 11:33-34: Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God: How unsearchable are His judgements and His ways past finding out! For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor?
My soul immediately experienced relief and rest from my burden:
God, Your wisdom and knowledge are wonderful and vast! I praise You, that You have complete, intimate knowledge of everything. There is no fact, action, thought, or motive that escapes Your Omniscience, and You know exactly what to do with it, Lord! Your wisdom rightly applies Your knowledge to each situation. Help me to trust You to do this, Lord!
The reminder that nothing is hidden from Him, and His ways are amazingly beyond my own was so comforting.
The constant replay in our heads is stuck on “play” as we search for answers and study every possibility from every angle of our problem. Action may be necessary, but when we’ve learned of Him we take better action! Find rest in Him first, then we will see better how to act.
Are you weary and heavy laden today? Seek Him early in the morning, asking Him to teach you more of who He is! As we fast and pray on Friday, be sure to meditate on scripture revealing more of who our great God is!
Have you found rest for your soul in what He has revealed to you? Will you share it with us in the comments? Let’s encourage each other with the same comfort we have received from Him- 2 Corinthians 1:4.