Glorifying God Through Rest

Today I’d like to talk about how we can glorify God through our resting. Sometimes the world is very loud. In fact, I think we can safely say usually, the world is boisterous. I know that where I live, it’s often noisy outside and inside. The lawnmower outside, the TV inside, it’s all so loud. However, the Bible reminds us to be still and know that He is God.

The Need For Rest

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Sometimes you just want to be somewhere quiet, so you can just give your brain a break. Sometimes you just need that. You need to be somewhere quiet, so you can just think.

Do you ever feel that? Can you ever just feel that you need that quiet time to just let your brain rest?

I feel like that sometimes. It’s like a million things are sitting on top of my brain, needing to be processed and as soon as I get one finished, two more get stacked on top. It’s just frustrating. At that point, I just need to be quiet and rest and let my brain do its thing without more things being piled on top.

That’s why I’m glad that God put verses in the Bible about rest. He wants us to rest. He wants us to just be.

When we just are, we acknowledge our lack of power to do anything without Him.

We stop trying so hard to do whatever it is that we think is so essential and acknowledge the fact that we need to just be and leave the rest to Him. We take all the things flooding our minds and place them in His hands. We say, “Here God, I can’t do this without you working through me.”

God Designed Us To Rest

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We can’t do it all. This is how God designed us. He made us to not be Him. We aren’t God. We can’t just go all of the time. God never sleeps the Bible says. That’s amazing to me because I would sleep so much more if I didn’t have more important things to do.

But you know, even though God didn’t make us to be Him, by resting, we are showing that we are made to be like Him.

God rested on the seventh day. He didn’t rest because He needed to. He did it to be an example to us. It’s not a sin to rest. I would say it’s a sin to not rest. God wants us to rest. He commands us to rest.

The ten commandments tell us to remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy. God gave us a day to worship Him and rest from all of our work. It is a direct command from God to remember we were designed by Him to rest because we are not Him.

Being Passionate About Rest

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My son has gotten into a bad habit over the summer of staying up too late. This makes him want to sleep in really late. Today is the last day of summer vacation for them. In preparation for school tomorrow, I’ve been having them get up earlier so they won’t be zombies come the first day of school. Well, let’s just say that it’s been an interesting week for my son. He is having a tough time getting up earlier (I’m the same way, so I totally get it) but it’s something he has to do. He wants to rest, but there are other things (namely me) in his way that are keeping him from doing that.

There is a time to rest and a time to work. We have to figure out a right balance. When it’s time for work, we need to work hard, as unto the Lord. We need to put in all of our effort and energy into the task at hand.

However, when it is time to rest we should be equally as passionate. We should approach rest with an attitude of worship. In my last post, I used the “I’m not but God is” phrase. Rest is another excellent time to use this phrase. When resting, we say, “I’m not all powerful. I run out of resources and must pause to restock my energy. But God is all powerful and never runs out of resources or energy.” We are to worship God and bring Him glory in everything we do, and that is what I’m trying to help you do.

 

I hope this post helps you to see rest as an act of worship. Rest is not a thing to be worshipped in an of itself but is a tool to show the greatness of God. If you enjoyed this post, please share it. I post a new blog every Wednesday. I would love to hear in the comments how you use rest to glorify God.

Until next week, tootles!

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