Rest for your Soul
Rest for your Soul
In the last 6 months we have experienced some very difficult times in our world. The pandemic has had an effect on our physical and spiritual well-being. Most of us have experience physical fatigue as well as spiritual fatigue, both have become very prevalent during this period of time. Some indicators of potential serious problems (this list is not exhaustive but may be a starting place to identify what might be happening in our society):
· You consistently find yourself feeling tired, and physical rest doesn't seem to suffice.
· You find yourself withdrawing and increasingly turning to methods of self-medicating.
· You become much sterner and find yourself laughing less.
· You feel as though walking with and being in the presence of people – even your close friends – is draining.
· You have emotional highs and lows.
· You are no longer satisfied by the things that used to produce rest and rejuvenation – they have become laborious.
Most of these problems deal with the future, our concerns about the future, our uncertainty of the future, our anxiety, and what the future holds. I know that you are aware that your mental and physical conditions have changed and you don't really need anyone to tell you what's going on.
The most fundamental things that we can discover in our pursuance of God throughout the Scriptures we see His desire for humanity to understand and experience the physical and spiritual rest that is so crucial to our health. Throughout the Bible there is a thread that connects God's intention for us to pay attention to the significance of the rest that we need in our lives. That's what I hope to explore (this new series in my blog), the ways to obtain the rest that we need and how this affects our lives and our reactions to events in our lives today as we interact with others on a daily basis.
We can rejoice in the freedom that God has given us as his children. Matthew 11:28 (ESV) 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. We don't have to have permission to stop and consider our soul’s rest in its current condition and the need to consider that on a daily basis. As we talk to people, we need to encourage them to participate in the rest that God wants for them.
God states many times in His word that He is in control and He cares deeply about each of us. In Matthew 10:29 Jesus said “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.” God is deeply concerned about each sparrow on this earth. In John 19:11 (ESV) 11 Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.” In this statement Jesus affirms God’s control over events of this world. Paul states in Romans 9:16-18 that Pharaoh was raised up for a special purpose, that God displayed His power that His name might be glorified on this earth. And in doing so God shows His mercy on whom He wants to show mercy and in particular He hardened Pharaoh’s heart so that God’s glory might be displayed.
The most important thing about obtaining our physical and spiritual rest is our submission, trust, and dependency upon God. He cares about each and every sparrow, the significance of that is that God’s children are more important than sparrows.
Why do you need rest for your soul and physical well-being?