Rest is a gift. When Psalm 23 says “He makes me lie down in green pastures” it is referring to God’s act of provision, not force. It’s not like when you make your cranky 5 year old take a nap when he doesn’t want to. It’s more like when you’ve got a headache and you’ve been at work for 12 hours and you get home and your husband says, “I’ll take care of supper and the kids, you get some sleep.” It’s that kind of a gift that God gives because he knows we need it.
Rest comes from God’s own character. It’s a part of His generosity that flows into our lives when we’re given the opportunity to rest. Generosity allows the gift of time to be spent doing nothing instead of doing, doing, doing all the time. Rest is given on a regular cycle as a blessing for us to enjoy. God knows that we can force ourselves to keep going until we’re running on empty and then we’ll try to go some more. He also knows that all that work isn’t good for us. So, He gives us the gift of rest so that we can stay fresh. Rest contributes to overall health: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. God knows this so He gave the gift. Use it!
Dear Jesus, Thank you for giving the gift of rest to refresh me each week! Amen.