After six days of creating, God rested, the Bible said, and He called it Sabbath. The Sabbath principle suggests rest is critical for our survival. God wasn’t tired, but He took time out. He gave us an example not only for one day but for life. We must rest not only physically but emotionally and spiritually.
Sometimes, the day-to-day pressures of life can cause unnecessary stress. In fact, many people lose sleep worrying about things, or people, in their lives. But God doesn’t want us to live stressed out and overwhelmed. He wants us to live a life of rest and peace.
When Jesus walked on this earth, He took time out for Himself. He got away from the crowds. He spent time with the Father. That’s how He found rest. He was gentle and humble in heart. Do you ever notice that when you are stressed out or worrying about something, you’re less tolerant of others? You’re more likely to say something you don’t really mean.
Today, God wants you to cast your cares on Him and live with a gentle and humble attitude. Release your burdens to Him. Follow the example of Jesus, and you will find a Sabbath (rest) for your soul.
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”(Matthew 11:29, NIV)
Pray With Me
Yahweh, Thank You for the gift and example of Sabbath rest. Today, I cast my cares on You. Teach me, Holy Spirit, to have a gentle and humble attitude. Help me find rest for my soul: physically, emotionally and spiritually, not just one day a week but daily, so that I can live worry free and stress free, and treat others the way You treat me, in Christ’ name! Amen.