Great churches are built by tired people. You’ve heard that recently, right? (I shared that on Sunday.)
There comes a point that we are tired, and we push through because we know we are called (by God, not by the preacher) to do something great. Isaiah 40:31 tells us, “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.” That calling gives us a drive. Yet, often we feel weary.
We have a rest coming – Heaven, yet for some of us that may seem a long way off. There is, however, a rest now that we must not forget about. The Sabbath rest God planned for in the Mosaic Law. It was written for our benefit. And there is a rest here and now that benefits us and motivates us.
No, I’m not talking about church attendance. Certainly, I hope that worshipping together and feeling God’s presence is encouraging and uplifting to you. I am talking about the pursuit of God that is personal and intentional. The purpose of having that Sabbath time is to rest in God and allow Him to minister to us in a significant block of time. That interaction with God renews.
“For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day.
9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God” (Hebrews 4:8-9)
That rest comes as we spend time with Him daily. He is our strength. He is our rock. He is our source. In our fast-paced society with rigorous practice schedules, activities, meetings and even Sweet Corn Festivals, it is also important to remember that Jesus commended Mary for choosing what was better – sitting at His feet. (Luke 10:42) That gives our life meaning and rejuvenates us to know we are not alone.
As we begin our relationship series this Sunday we are going to talk about that primary relationship in our lives. Our connection with God gives us fuel that will enable us to move forward. An absence of that regular connection and we start serving out of our own strength and knowledge. When that happens, we get more drained and eventually burn out. I hope you will be here Sunday and process together about that primary relationship.
In the meantime, for some of you feeling exhausted with life’s pressures, I would encourage you to watch this YouTube video. As you are encouraged to breathe, remember it is the God who gives you rest.