For what seems like a really long time now, I have been finding solace in the Word of God. Since the day I gave my life to the Lord Jesus Christ, it has been a source of constant comfort and hope to me. No matter where I have been on my journey, I have found comfort in it in some way. Sometimes the rhythm would be formal Bible studies with hours of homework each week. Many times it would be falling asleep and waking up to Scripture reading. In some way, it was always a place I went for my salvation – even when at times I would convince myself that God was now okay with certain sins and had updated Himself to the 21st century. Scripture was a constant in my life.
In the last couple years, I have learned to rest in His Word. Instead of pursuing other kinds of rest, I have taken the difficult journey of learning to rest through communion with Him and His truth. I have given up entertainment, which so many Americans seek as a source of rest; and I have accidentally discovered that Jesus never once promised any one of His followers that they would be entertained or that He would provide entertainment for them. It’s simply not a part of His agenda. He is more into promising floggings, betrayals and murders. Entertainment isn’t His thing.
Particularly in the last couple months I have stumbled upon a problem. I am doing some hardcore memorization of God’s Word because I believe that God has specifically asked me to do this. If I do not, I will be being disobedient to Him and so will quench the Holy Spirit in my life and cease being guided by Him. I will also not be able to complete God’s purpose for me in this generation. I want to follow Him, so I am working my brain harder now than I ever did when pursuing an academic degree. Wow, but this is hard!
So the problem that has arisen is that I need to figure out a way to rest that isn’t in God’s Word. After eight hours of nearly solid study with only short strategic breaks, I need to rest spiritually, emotionally and physically. How?
I used to do things like watch movies and TV shows or read random books (once in a great while). I could veg out doing something mindless. It wasn’t necessarily fruitful, but it was “rest”. I can’t do these things to rest anymore because I have discovered that when I move my mind further away from absolute truth, it naturally loses its state of rest. Emotional, spiritual and physical rest can only be found while I am abiding in Truth.
I am trying to learn other ways to rest – like worshipping through song, praying gently or just sitting quietly while opening my heart to Him. It isn’t that I didn’t do these things before. It is just that I have never noticed the connection between Truth and rest. It should have been obvious. After all, it was the Truth that said, “Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
How do you rest? Is it in Truth?