Need A Rest?
My soul finds rest in God alone. (Psalm 62:1)
Sounds simple enough.
However, I am discovering how often I treat this truth more like a fill in the blank than a completed statement.
My soul finds rest in _____________
…finishing all of the tasks on my to do list.
…getting time to myself.
…finally getting the house in order.
…getting away for the weekend.
The problem with trying to fill in the blank is nothing else can actually bring me the refreshment of soul that God has intended. All these things may bring rest to my mind, my body, even my emotions. But God is speaking of a particular kind of rest that is a result of Him alone. It’s different than a great holiday or a good night’s sleep or a project completed.
God never intended us to live any aspects of our lives out of a place of depletion.
When you become physically tired your body finds rest in sleeping. A fact common to every human being. We do not substitute a list of other things into that equation.
When my body needs rest I find it in _____________
…extra hours at the office.
…planning extended workouts.
…starting a big project.
If your body is tired it finds rest in sleeping. Nothing else fills in the blank.
Same with eating. When it comes to depletion in our stomachs there is one way to refresh that. Eat something. I am not talking about an emotional depletion felt in our stomachs. I mean a legitimate need to be re-charged. We don’t answer that need by changing our hair colour or mowing the lawn.
We have different ways of finding rest for our social lives. Some find rest by avoiding everyone else and another finds rest by getting into the middle of a large crowd. We have different sources of finding rest for our emotions. Same is true with finding rest in our intellects and our relationship roles.
When it comes to resting our souls there is one Source to accomplish that. God alone.
Everything else we try to replenish our souls with is just empty calories.
Holidays are good, steaks are good, campfires are good, movie nights are good. They all provide rest in lots of different areas. However, only God and his unfiltered presence gives rest to our souls. This kind of rest is transcendent of time or place.
You can soul rest right now.
Take a 3 minute soul rest wherever you are and whatever you are doing.
Turn everything else off and engage God directly – not through music or preaching etc. Personalize the words below;
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
Then spend the next minutes simply looking at God and knowing his presence over every aspect of your life.