When we’re physically, emotionally, and spiritually drained, we become vulnerable. Jesus knew the importance of staying in balance; of work and rest; of giving out and taking in. ‘Then Jesus said: “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and His apostles didn’t even have time to eat. So they left by boat for a quiet place, where they could be alone’ (Mark 6:31-32 NLT). Unless we learn to rest and take time off, we’re opening ourselves up to potential danger. That’s why setting aside time each day to read the Bible and be alone with God in prayer is so important. Sometimes the enemy tries to stop us working for God’s kingdom by persuading us to think that we need to do it all, until we’re exhausted and ineffective. But that’s not how God wants us to live. We can go to Him for rest. Jesus said: ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest’ (Matthew 11:28 NIV). It doesn’t matter how old we are, how much responsibility we have, or where we work, every one of us needs to take time off in order to maintain our physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. The Bible says: ‘Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint’ (Isaiah 40:30-31 NIV). If we’re feeling tired and worn out, let’s go to God for the rest we need, and ask Him to renew our strength.
Schedule some time this weekend to just stop and rest with God. Try to stick to your planned rest time rather than agreeing to do something else.
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