We all need rest. In order to go on and complete what we need to do each day, we need to have proper rest each night. People differ in their opinions of what is “enough” sleep, but everyone agrees that we need that sleep to replenish our bodies for the next day.
For a time earlier this year, I found it extremely hard to sleep at night. It must have lasted about seven weeks and most of that time I was so exhausted, I felt like I was some kind of zombie.
In this verse, God is telling the Israelites that He will be not only be with them, but He will also give them rest. He will give them rest from their enemies when they finally settle in the land that God has set aside for them.
There are many things that keep us from sleep, or being able to rest properly. In the instance I mentioned earlier this year, it was something in a medication I was taking, or withdrawing from, that caused that extended time of not sleeping; but there are many “enemies” that can rob us of the rest we need.
Sometimes I believe I am my own worst enemy. My mind that races off worrying about how I will get through something that hasn’t even happened yet; worrying about what other people will think of me; wondering if I’m doing what God wants me to be doing, or if I should be pushing myself to do more. These are often the things that keep me awake, or with a heightened level of concern, or even fear. Living with a chronic illness also is an enemy that invades our lives and steals so much from us.
Just as God was promising the Israelites that He would be with them and give them rest from their enemies, He promises that to us too. We may not have the same type of enemies, we may often feel we have no control over what is happening to our bodies, or even our minds – but God still promises His presence and His rest and His grace to help us fight off the enemy today.
Prayer: Father, help me to rest in the knowledge that You are enough to sustain me through this day and to trust my future to You. Amen.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life, and the lessons He is teaching her, as she lives with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to travel when she is able. You can contact her in the Sunroom.
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What sort of enemies do you face, that seek to rob you of rest? How do you deal with them?