Sometimes, at the end of a busy week, I feel a bit deflated when thinking about all the items on my checklist that were still left undone. As I’ve thought about the busy-ness of each week, and the tasks at hand, I’ve been reflecting on the fact that even while daily tasks get pushed aside for another day, and rest seems a distant, almost impossible goal, my true rest began when I trusted in Christ.
I may not finish all that I’ve planned for the day or the week, but our heavenly Father’s work was finished from the creation of the world. He never sleeps or slumbers, yet He is at rest.
For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did;
but the message they heard was of no value to them,
because those who heard did not combine it with faith.
Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,
“So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’”
And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world.
For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words:
“And on the seventh day God rested from all his work.”
Make no mistake, our bodies need rest! But the real rest I need is often not physical. The rest I need is one of resting in Christ, renewing my heart with the Word of Life. As Pastor John Piper has said, “The human heart does not replenish itself with sleep. The body does, but not the heart….We replenish our hearts not with sleep, but with the Word of God and prayer.” (quoted in Shopping for Time).
So, for this weekend, get some real rest! That’s my plan and I pray it’s yours too.