It is Wisdom to Rest

Lucy Paynter
As we pursue the presence of God and excellence in ministry, wisdom dictates that there should be a balance. It is dangerous to run on empty. What is the overall health of your soul?

Prov. 14:8 The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.

Wise people give thought to their ways.
If you keep living the way you are living, where does it end up?
How would you describe the path you are on right now?

In Jeremiah 6:16, we read

This is what the LORD says:

“Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.
But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.

‘Rest means I stop.

Rest acknowledges that I have limits.

Rest is about being, not doing.

Rest sets aside, striving and producing.

Rest is quiet.

Rest is relaxing.

Rest is about creating space and time to refill.

In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus says

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Exodus 33:14
The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

God did not promise that my presence would go with you and I would give you success or whatever we give priority.


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