Everyday Rest By Tracie Fritcher Johnson
And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; Yea, thou shalt search about thee, and shalt take thy rest in safety. Job 11:18
Remember the last time you were utterly exhausted? When all you wanted to do was curl up in a ball and sleep for days? How is it life seems to wear us down so quickly? Could it be that we rush about and neglect rest?
The Scripture highlights the necessity of rest. God demonstrated the importance of rest early in the story of creation. Our Universal Creator completed several tasks and then He rested. Although God didn’t need the physical rest after He spoke the world into existence, He wanted to set an example for the people He created. His example tells us rest is important.
Knowing it would be hard for us to lay aside our busywork, God then instituted Sabbath. It was always part of His plan for us, and His commandment to keep one day free of work helps to ensure we are getting the rest we need. That is- if we indeed observe a Sabbath.
Many of us would say Sunday is our Sabbath. We don’t clock in at work and we attend worship service. But for many of us, our Sundays are just as hectic as any other day of the week. We rush to prepare for ministry obligations, we rush to service, we stop for a brief time to soak in the worship experience, and then we go right back to rushing through our Sunday-Sunday dinner with family; time to catch up on the household chores that got away from us during the week; prep work for the week that lies ahead; and all the other things that remain on our weekend to-do list.
We know this is not what God intended for our Sabbath rest, yet we continue in the endless cycle of hurry-up and we experience worry, stress, and exhaustion. The book of Job tells us security, peace, and safety are available when we rest. These sound much more like the plan God has for us.
What if we incorporated Sabbath rest into every day? What if we intentionally paused several times each day to rest in His presence and be filled with His Spirit? Are you willing to give it a try?
Starting tomorrow and continuing for the next 14 days try these simple ways to incorporate rest throughout your day.
- Before your feet hit the floor in the morning, take 2 minutes to clear your mind. Focus on one of your favorite biblical promises. Ask God to help you be God-focused throughout your entire day.
- Before you leave the car and enter your workplace, take 2-3 minutes to commit your work day to the Lord. Ask Him to use you to bring a calm and peace to your office. Ask Him to help you see opportunity to show His love to those around you.
- During your lunch break, rather than just quickly praying over your food, take time to reflect on how you have felt God’s presence thus far in the day. Give thanks. Ask for forgiveness or help in any situation that went awry. Send up praises and spend a short time in silent worship.
- Before you start your car to head home for the day, spend a moment or two with God. Ask Him to infiltrate the remainder of your day with His presence. Ask Him to help you return home energized and ready to share yourself with your family. Ask Him to help you be a reflection of Him.
- End your day with a time of reflection and prayer. Review the day and your attempts to rest throughout. Glorify God for what went well and hand over any situations that need His guidance. Open your Bible and read a portion of passage, allowing Him to minister to you one more time.
Tracie Fritcher Johnson juggles numerous responsibilities. At home, she is a wife, mother of three, and finder of all things missing. At her secular job, Tracie counsels children and assists as Vice Principal at a local Christian school. Tracie is also active in ministry, serving as Leadership Pastor for Crossroads Apostolic Ministries in Taylorville, IL under the leadership of Pastors Jason and Kristin Hoffmann. Tracie has written numerous in-depth bible studies and devotionals which are available through The Pentecostal Publishing House. Tracie loves to come alongside others through discipleship and established Response to Grace (RTG) Ministries as an online platform for engaging people in apostolic bible study. She invites you to join her at www.responsetogracestudy.org or connect with her on the ministry Facebook page.
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