DAY 17: THAT HE WILL REST
Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat.
I came across this verse during my Bible study and I thought WOW! Just what I needed.
We are always in a hurried pace of life about anything and everything. Bills have to be paid, children have to go to school, we need clothes to wear, this and that, and it’s like we are running on a hamster wheel.
We never rest.
Jesus, on His way to Galilee through Samaria _John 4_got tired from His journey and sat down by a well. He could have as well surmoned His deity powers, charged up like a superhero and kept going, but being fully man, He got weary.
If Jesus got weary from the journey, you and I are going to get tired. Rest was the answer for Him then. If He did take a break, how much more necessary it is for our mortal bodies?
God in His infinite wisdom knew that in rest, we heal. Some of the ailments we suffer from just need a good rest. He made the night for our good. It’s a time for our bodies to recharge and rejuvenate again.
On the seventh day after creation, He took a rest. He is God and He could have as well continued possibly to beautify another thing, but He didn’t. He wasn’t spent thin. He was simply modeling out what we should do; just like a Father does. Take a rest.
Our husbands spend their calendars year after year on toes. Others still take their work home from the office. While sometimes it’s inevitable, God desires for our husbands to take some rest from the humdrum of life.
Rest will give their bodies time to heal, recuperate and regroup but more than that, rest will give them a time for a thorough introspection.
It’s when his mind is unhurried, that he’s able to listen and receive from God.
Without trying to cross out the next item on the to do list, he will be able to focus on what needs his best focus on, receiving from the Lord instructions, strength, direction, vision, purpose and grace to push on.
The Bible says that in Job 33 that it’s in a dream, a vision of the night that one may hear God’s voice.
When deep sleep [rest] falls on men while slumbering upon the bed, God opens the ears of men and seals their instruction.
It’s in rest that God may turn man aside from his conduct, and keep him from pride; and hold back his soul from the pit of destruction, and his life from passing over into Sheol.
We need to pray for them that they will not be caught up in the busyness of life as a way to replace their need for intimacy with God.
Ask the Lord to give him fortitude to establish healthy boundaries around different parts of his life—work, interactions with friends, family, his time alone, and also be able to say “NO thank you”, so as not to take on more than he could handle.
This will keep him from idolizing activities of his life.
We were created for work and worship. We were created for play and rest. We need to pray that our husbands will practice this spiritual discipline and accept this gift of rest that will help them realign priorities in their lives, consider what is meaningful over what is urgent, and enjoy God’s presence.
Heavenly Father in Jesus name, I thank you for the gift of rest that you modelled unto us. I admit that we often think being busy is beneficial yet it can be counter productive.
I pray that my husband will practice this spiritual discipline. I pray that he will slow down and rest so as to receive from you grand instructions for his life and his family.
I pray that you will alleviate all manner of stresses from his life. Give him grace to run to you when weary and tired.
Give him strength to say NO to more activities that would take on his resting time.
Bless him with a peaceful rest when he lies down to sleep as you have promised. May he always wake up feeling rejuvenated, refreshed, recuperated, restored, ready to face on the day with zest and power from the Holy Spirit.
I refuse the spirit of oppression and depression in his life in Jesus name. He shall not be shaken, because his trust is in you.
In Jesus name I pray,