Bible Ballistics: BBs #101 Are You Tired???
After 12 hours of driving yesterday, my body is ‘TIRED’!! How about you? You may not have driven a long day, but you may have worked one, stressed one, or just carried a heavy load all day (all week, _month, _year)? We all get tired, and that’s ok. God designed us that way!!!
In Genesis 2:2-3 God created rest. Not for Himself, God really didn’t rest because He was ‘tired’, but to make a statement that creation—all of His creation– needed to have adequate, appropriate rest. He designed all creation to have times of rest (dormancy, hibernation..). It is necessary and we shouldn’t feel bad when we rest (not referring to sloth or laziness) but know that it is designed by God to renew and refresh us for the new and perhaps more taxing activities to come. Scripture is replete with references to rest, let’s take in just a few today and remind ourselves that even in, no especially in, this hustle and bustle life of most every one on this planet, God designed us to have ‘REST’!!!
Psalm 37:7, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.” We can rest IN HIM!!! WOW. Rest in the creator of rest!!!
Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” You will never find real rest—for body or soul until you come to Jesus. Let Him in!!! (See Rev. 3:20)
Mark 6:31, “And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.” Jesus called His followers to rest. We must learn to rest!!! Yes, learn how to rest in Him and have recreation (notice ‘re’creation) to renew our bodies!!!
Lastly, an important passage for us today in our busy and hectic lives: we must remember that sometimes we have to come apart from the ‘seemingly’ important things, and people to rest, before we come apart at the ‘seams’!!
So??? Here’s our shot for today. How do we ‘come apart’ before we ‘come apart’ at the seams’???
-Be willing to say no to things as God directs your steps.(See Prov. 3:5-6 & Psalm 37:1-8)
-Turn off the ‘noises’—the techno-gadgets that can claim our every moment of the day.
-Get alone with God—
-in a quiet room (even if it’s the bathroom),
-praising HIM from your heart without recorded music,
-go to a quiet park,
-or just take your Bible
to a quiet chair alone
on the riches of HIS WORD.
Psalm 46:1-2, 10-11, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; …10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.”
Today, spend some time being ‘still’ with God…