"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope" (Romans 15:13).
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
We’ve all heard the saying, “It’s all about balance.” Yet, a relentless cultural push prods us to keep moving onward or fall behind! Eventually, we grow weary and discover that balance in life seems unattainable. The cadence of work and rest modeled by Jesus, infused with His intended order, gives us hope! While rhythms provide a framework for real rest to occur, what Jesus offers isn’t just a list of habits or a to-do list. His words in Matthew 11 draw us close, reminding us that life with Him is like a dance. We move together, but as anyone who has done the cha-cha or whirled the waltz knows, the dance is only as beautiful as the cooperation between the leader and the follower. When Jesus leads, and we follow, the dance is just right!
The rhythm of rest that Jesus offers can be experienced in time spent connecting with God. He wants to frame our day with His love and the reality of His presence. Pausing to talk with God throughout the day in random prayer, reading scripture, or ingesting a devotional, are a few things that lend to cultivating a daily rhythm of connecting with the Savior, leading to peace and rest. God invites us to press the pause button regularly, trusting that He holds us together. Living in a world burdened by sin and distractions, it can be easy to ignore the gift of rest that Jesus provides. Thankfully, He is always there when we call on Him.
Call to Action: Here are a few scriptures to help you pause and reflect on the perfect rest found in Jesus. Pray over them and be encouraged today!
“In peace, I will lie down and sleep, for You alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8).
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in You” (Isaiah 26.3).
“The Lord replied, ‘My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest’” (Exodus 33:14).
“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint” (Jeremiah 31:25).
Prayer: Almighty God in heaven we praise you! Thank you for providing rest when we are weary and tired. Help us to pause from the busyness of life to look to You daily. In the precious name of Jesus, we pray, Amen!
Final thought: The rhythm of rest flows from Jesus and we can trust Him with our day!
Rhythm of Rest
“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8).
“The righteous cry, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to them that are of a broken heart; and saves such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:17-19).
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God" (Matthew 5:8).
“But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you, the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24- 26).
“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all” (2 Thessalonians 3:16).
“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
“God will let you laugh again; you’ll raise the roof with shouts of joy” (Job 8:20).
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).