Time For a Nap
Beloved, I love to take naps, so this passage of scripture on rest is right up my alley. Before I retired, when asked what my plans were for the weekend, I would say, “take a nap.” Physical rest is one of the ways God restores and refuels me.
“So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.” Hebrews 4: 9-10. ESV.
As we read in Hebrews 4: 1-12, I was impressed again by the urgency of accepting Jesus as your Savior. As we accept him as our Savior, we receive so many spiritual blessings, and some of them are rest, and others are restoration, refueling, and reenergizing.
What are your struggles?
We can rest from striving to be the best, from struggling with our past, and from the anxiety of the future because we have the assurance that the work Jesus did on the cross is enough. And when we believe, we are eternally secure. Nothing we can do can make Jesus love us more.
His love brings restoration, refueling, reenergizing us to newness.
We read about restoration in the Bible. To restore means to bring back or repair or renovate. Restore is in the Bible 126 times. Probably, the most known verse is in Psalm 23,
“He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” Psalm 23:3.
After King David acknowledges his sin with Bathsheba, he writes in Psalm 51,
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.” Psalm 51: 12. ESV.
Not only does God restore us, but he refuels and re energizes us. In Isaiah, we read,
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40: 31. ESV.
When I finally realized this, that nothing I can do can add to the work Jesus did on the cross and that He loves me as I am, I wanted to shout it from the rooftops. Yet, we may have a loved one that has not accepted Jesus as their Savior. He or she is lost and does not have access to the rest that is a part of our spiritual heritage. Do you know that we have the assurance of our salvation?
Will you rest?
We can rest in Jesus’s work on the cross. The passage in Hebrews impresses that salvation is for all, but not everyone will accept the offer. Lastly, we do not have to strive to please God. Beloved, the redeeming work of Christ, gives us the ability to rest. R=redeemed, E=Eternal Life, S=Sanctification, T=Trust in the Lord, today.
Three Ways to Rest, Refuel, and Re-energize
The three ways to rest, renew, refuel, and re-energize in Jesus are to accept Jesus as your Savior (John 3:16), to realize that nothing can separate you from the love of Christ (Romans 8), and to trust in Jesus for today, whatever tomorrow brings (Proverbs 3: 5-6).
Yes, I love a good nap; whether it is twenty minutes or an hour, I wake up refreshed. We know rest is one of the ways He restores and refuels us.
But, do you need to be restored, renewed, revitalized? Will you rest in your salvation?
1. What is one truth you can take away from today’s passage?
2. Who can you be praying for to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior?
Father God, may we rest in the redeeming work of Jesus. Let us accept His Gift of Salvation, His love, and His forgiveness of our sins? May we trust only in you for today and our tomorrows. May we serve you with gladness. In Jesus’s name. Amen
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Diana Rockwell is writing a Bible study entitled, God Whispers. She has written Heroes of Faith, a Bible Study from the heroes listed in Hebrews chapter eleven. She started writing while obtaining her Master’s Degree in nursing. Diana is passionate about encouraging women to be free in Christ, and in witnessing for her Lord boldly wherever she goes. Diana has written devotions for Heartwings Blog, Titus-two.com. Find her devotions, Bible studies, and articles published at Heart Wings blog, and at her personal blog, Diana Rockwell.
Diana is a contributing author to Five Minute Friday: A Collective of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat. (The Vine Publication/Creston NC/USA) , Heart “wings’ Devotional, Volume one, by Heart “wings” Ministry , and Your Life Still Counts by Tracie Mills published by Bethany House, 2014
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Thank you Diana for reminding us it is ok to rest. Physically and spiritually. We are so blessed to be able to freely worship.
Thank you Mitzi for book! I can’t wait to read it!
What a beautiful reminder to rest. I suffer with eye problems due to diabetes. I have to rest my eyes throughout the day. I have started to pray out loud during these rest times. It makes me feel refreshed and renewed when I spend time in prayer ❤️