Rest for the Weary

The nation of Judah was rebelling against God and not listening to His warning. He promised them salvation if they returned and rested in
Him, assuring them that His strength was perfect for them. Yet they refused and instead trusted neighboring Egypt for their help.

The Egyptians gave Judah horses to help them in battle – something they could see and touch. Often, returning to and resting in God
requires us to have faith without tangible reminders of His presence.

Countless times in scripture we are told that it is only through Him that we can live abundantly and in His peace, whether we can see His gifts to us or not.

What things in your life are difficult to surrender to “resting in God?” Like Judah taking the Egyptians’ horses, what are a few things that you find security in? Are you relying just on the physical to feel at peace or rested with God? What can you surrender and trust to God and believe that He will accomplish even as you rest?

Ruth Haley Barton in Leading in Rhythm says, “As disciplines of rest, solitude, and silence rescue us from the brink of dangerous levels of exhaustion, we are restored to a state of quiet alertness, ready to receive guidance from God about what we are to do in the world.”

Isaiah 30:15 – This is what the Sovereign lord , the Holy One of Israel, says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. But you would have none of it.”

Are you finding rest or have you allowed frustration and doubt to keep you sturring?

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