For the next two weeks, these blogs will be little “quickies, as my wife and I are vacationing in Florida. Very good friends of ours spend the winters in the western part of the state and own two cars that they bring back to Massachusetts each summer. We fly down to visit with them for about a week and then we drive one their cars home for them. This year we were also able to meet with several people who lived in our old neighborhoods and who went to school with us. We had a great time catching up and reminiscing. And resting–especially resting!
Prior to leaving, my wife and I had been straight out painting our cellar, painting a bedroom at my sister’s house, painting a playroom at our local hospital and helping my sister-in-law move to a new apartment. Twenty years ago, all that would be a piece of cake. Now, at nearly 65, I we find such busyness very tiring. Whether we realize it or not, such physical fatigue can begin to affect our spiritual life as well.
There was a reason, that God set the precedent of resting on the seventh day. He wasn’t tired, but he knew that we would be. Too many people work five to seven days a week and then try to do all the projects that they have put off until the weekend on whatever other available days they have. Doing this often leaves us too tired to maintain our devotions, read our Bible, or gather together with other Christians. Even if we attempt to do all of these spiritual activities, our physical fatigue can make it impossible to get as much out them as we should.
As believers, we have a guarantee of the rest that we need. Others do not have this guarantee.
For only we who believe can enter his rest. As for the others, God said, “In my anger I took an oath: ‘They will never enter my place of rest,'” even though this rest has been ready since he made the world (Hebrews 4:3).
For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, ju st as God did after creating the world (Hebrews 4:10).
So follow His example and become rested in every way.