It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so He gives His beloved sleep.
Have you had a good rest lately?
Is anything keeping you awake at night?
Or are your troubles waking you in the middle of your sleep?
Many a times, we are so troubled by the many things that we need to do, that we forget the one thing that is truly important - Resting In Jesus.
Do you remember the story of Martha and Mary? Martha was the one that was constantly rushing around and worrying about how much she has to do, while Mary simply sat at the feet of Jesus and rested in His Presence.
In the natural world, we would compliment Martha on her diligence, and reprimand Mary for her laziness. Yet, look at what Jesus said when Martha complained to Him, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
You see, we are often so troubled by what we need to do, that we forget that there are times when we should simply rest in Jesus, and allow Him to minister to us. The world says that we have to work and toil constantly, but God says different. Yes, we are to labor and produce good fruits, but there is also an ordained time to rest. Even God rested on the seventh day after He completed creation.
Why then are there so many sleepless people at night?
Well, it is because there is just so much on our minds!
We are constantly worried about what we did yesterday, what we should have done today, and what we need to do tomorrow. Yet, the Lord says that it is in vain to rise early, sleep late, and eat the bread of sorrows. His Will for His beloved is for them to have sound sleep.
Who then, are God’s beloved?
You and I of course! Because we are in Christ, we are all His beloved, (Ephesians 1:6, 2 Thessalonians 2:13) and the divine rest He promised is available to each and every one of us.
Therefore, by resting in Jesus, we are in effect entering into the Rest that God has given us.
The interesting thing is, you will soon come to realize that by resting in Jesus, you become more productive! As ironic as it seems, we are often less productive when we keep rushing around, toiling and working, burning ourselves out. But when we learn to rest in Christ, everything seems to work out by itself. This is because God has declared in His Word, “Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain.”(Psalm 127:1)
Therefore, do not despise the Rest of God. By resting in Jesus, you are in effect acting in faith, trusting that God will ensure that everything works out in your favor. Let God be the One that builds your career and watches over your finances. Let Him be the One that protects your family and guards your health. Stop acting like everything depends on you, as if you are the source of your success. There’s nothing you can do by worrying that will improve your situation. Yet by resting in Jesus, you allow Him to minister to you, and let God take care of all your problems.
Yes, it can sometimes be difficult to simply sit at Jesus’ feet, and rest in His Presence. We are such doers and performers that we are constantly thinking about what to do next. But it is when we finally relax, and lay down in the green pastures that God has prepared for us, that we realize how much God really cares about us, both watchfully, and affectionately. (1 Peter 5:7) And then, by resting in Jesus, we will see how He always takes care of our problems, and causes all things to work out for our good. (Romans 8:28)
Beloved, trust your Father’s love for you. Cast your cares on Him and witness the miracles that will happen in your life simply by Resting In Jesus.
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