Spiritual Health: Rest

Genesis 2:2-3
And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
You cannot talk about health, physical or spiritual and not talk about rest. Think about this, rest is so important for the physical body that God set up sleep. When sleep, we give the body a chance to rest and replenish itself.
If sleep was not designed to be part of our body system, some of us would work without stopping and that is not healthy. When sleep comes, it overcomes you and forces you to take a much needed rest.
Rest is so important that God himself took a day to rest after he had finished with creation.
Just as we need to take a rest physically we also need to take a rest spiritually. Spiritual rest does not mean we sit down and do nothing. We need to take time off from the works of ministry that we do and just like with the body we need this time off to replenish and re energize. There are times when we will need to get away from the crowds and the work and find rest in prayer and quietness in the presence of God allowing him to speak to us and replenish us. This is something we see Jesus doing from time to time. He took time alone as was his custom to pray, rest and replenish.
In fact Jesus said, come to me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest!
One of the testimonies shared by several Pastors over this covid 19 pandemic season is the fact that they had not realized how much they needed rest. The shut down forced them to take a much needed rest and it was beneficial to them.
When we rest, we release anxiety and enjoy the peace of God. Resting can also mean doing something different from what you normally do to help restore and refresh the energy to work.
How important is rest to you?
When was the last time you took some time off to really rest?
If God rested, who are we to think that we do not need rest? Schedule times of rest where you can spend times with the Lord not necessarily to ask for anything, but simply to be refreshed.
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