Life is hard. Everyone has struggles. Some may seem less significant than others but to the person going through that struggle, it may seem great. As a women, when conflict happens, my mind races. I’m constantly having a conversation in my head. “Did I say the wrong thing.” “I should have said this.” I should have reacted differently. “Oh, what if they are mad?” Do you ever do that? Do you ever find your mind racing at night planning what you need to accomplish the next day? Maybe, I’m the only one that does that. I doubt it.
Once when I was dealing with many things bombarding me from every direction, a friend of my named Brenda gave me some homework to do. (Like I didn’t have enough to do) I’m just kidding Brenda. She told me to do a word study on the word “Rest”. I needed answers so I started studying. Rest in Genesis 2:2 when God rested on the 7th day, means (sabat H7673) desist from exertion, put away, put down, rest, rid, still, take away, to cease and desist. God worked 6 days and rested on the 7th. God put everything away and stopped. When in your life does that happen? When do you just stop? Now at this point in my study, I was just thinking about the physical aspect of rest. There is so much to do that it is difficult to just stop! Even if you sit down, there is social media, TV, just noise from the world. I began to question. How do I just rest?????
How do you enter God’s rest. In the N.T. the word rest is G2663-Katapausis. One of the definitions for this word means: calming of the winds. This made me think about the mental aspect of rest. In Mat 8:24-26: And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm.
Those disciples, they knew who to go to, Jesus, but they weren’t believing. In order to enter God’s rest we must believe–Hebrews 4:1-4. Another example of this is Peter when walking on the water, Matthew 14:28-31. He doubted. We have to believe in order to enter God’s rest. We also must be obedient according to Hebrews 3:11, 18. Also, we must be diligent to enter God’s rest according to Hebrews 4:11. Practically when I think about the mental aspect of rest, all it means is to stop your thought and think about what is good, trust God, believe God. Believe that for those who love God and are called according to His purpose, God works all things out for good.
If God can speak into being all creation, He can definitely handle any problems that we have. Psalms 62:7-8 On God my salvation and my glory rest; The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.