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June 15

Hebrews 4:9-11

9 Therefore, a Sabbath rest remains for God’s people. 10 For the person who has entered his rest has rested from his own works, just as God did from his. 11 Let us then make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall into the same pattern of disobedience. — Hebrews 4:9-11

Rest

by Travis Simpson
Lockeland Springs Campus

Over the last couple decades, the ability to multitask became a source of pride for people. People began to list it on their resumes. They began to define themselves as multitaskers. This idea of multitasking involves juggling multiple tasks at the same time.

Even in personal time, people are distracted with “multitasking.” For example, at the same time people will be watching television, engaged in conversation and scanning social media on their phones. Yet what society has learned over the past years is that people are actually poor multitaskers. In truth, people find themselves distracted and distressed because of this new lifestyle.

This is the exact opposite of what Christians are promised and provided in their relationship with the Lord. In this passage, the writer of Hebrews is speaking about the rest found in God. He writes that because of faith in the Lord, a believer no longer needs to strive to attain salvation. There is no longer a necessity to work your way into acceptance with the Lord. Just the opposite is true: the Lord has completed the work and desires us to find rest in Him. God wants us to sabbath. It’s a gift from God to us.

So, how do we effectively rest in our hearts and minds in order to produce true, restful time with the Lord? I have to find time alone. I have to disconnect from loud distractions, including television, radio, cell phones and books. Sometimes I must get up very early in the morning. Other times, I need to physically relocate to a place in nature or to another context that doesn’t contain my normal distractions.

When we do rest in the Lord, we find ourselves renewed, rejuvenated and refreshed. We find peace, contentment and joy.

Praxis

  1. What are the distractions in your life that prevent you from resting in the Lord?
  2. How will you intentionally remove these distractions so you can find solitude with the Lord?
  3. Will you literally schedule time in your week to rest and commune with the Lord?
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