Athletes value their rest as much as their exercise. Experts agree that sleep is the most important time to recover. Adequate levels of sleep help to provide mental health, hormonal balance and muscular recovery. Rest and recovery are also important in the prevention of injuries.

This is not merely medical knowledge and concurrence. Even God instituted rest for us. He says,

“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

The healing, recovery and restoration that Jesus came to bring all begins when we are still. When we are still, our bodies slow down, our thoughts take a back seat and our bodies can begin the process of recovery. And this will truly happen for us believers when we enter into His rest.

Rest is so important to God’s heart that God Himself set for us that example and rested after creation. To Israel, He also instituted a day of rest. When Israel turned against God and rejected God’s provision and protection after their exodus from Egypt, God swore that they shall not enter His rest;

“Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of trial in the wilderness, where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, and saw My works forty years. Therefore I was angry with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, and they have not known My ways.’ So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’” Hebrews 3:7-11

The apostle Paul even charged us with this call,

“Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest” Hebrews 4:11 [KJV]

“For he who has once entered [God’s] rest also has ceased from [the weariness and pain] of human labors, just as God rested from those labors peculiarly His own.” Hebrews 4:10 [AMPC]

Rest is not merely the act of not doing anything. Instead, it is a posture we adopt after we truly commit all our cares and worries to God. Just like a child leaves the cooking to mummy and does not worry where his next meal is going to come from; when we rest, we are acknowledging God’s omnipotence but more importantly, His love for us in being willing to come down to our level and meet our needs. The apostle Matthew records for us Jesus’ desire for us to lead a restful life. He says,

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:25-34

Notice how much your Heavenly Father is willing to do for you!

In Jesus, your external salvation has already been taken care of. He has already paid the price for your sins and redeemed you from the evil one through His death on the cross. But going further from that, Jesus tells us very clearly that the ‘here-and-now’ is also very important to God.

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.” Matthew 6:31-32

Yes your Heavenly Father knows that you need ALL THESE THINGS.

God is not impractical. He knows what we are going through. Jesus once walked this earth and was tempted in every way. He knows what we are going through and because He is our loving Father, He wants to see to all your cares.

So how then do we receive this gift? We receive this by looking to Jesus. How does a child receive his meals? By looking to his parents. So in the same way, when we look to Jesus for our provision, health, healing, He is faithful and just and will hear us. He just gave us that promise in Matthew chapter 6 verse 32.

Jesus telling us to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness, is just like a father telling his son to come home and look for daddy. Because the apostle Paul tells us that,

“But of Him, you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God – and righteousness and sanctification and redemption” 1 Corinthians 1:30

Jesus is our righteousness. So seeking His righteousness is really looking for Jesus!!

So come to Jesus today. He is waiting and willing and longing to give you much more than all you can ever imagine. Enter into His rest today.

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