When the Lord has given you rest from your sorrow and pain and from your trouble and unrest and from the hard service with which you were made to serve …. The whole earth is at rest and is quiet; they break forth into singing.
─ Isaiah 14:3, 7 AMPC
We need separateness, calm and inactivity, but we infrequently get enough of it. Most of us aren’t very good at doing nothing. Even when we sit back in the quiet and put our feet up, our minds race with thoughts of what we could or should be doing.
In 1 Kings 19, stress broke Elijah’s spirit. He did everything he knew to do—he’d successfully defeated the prophets of Baal, but he felt his life was still threatened. His problems did not go away. God ministered to Elijah – he woke up to breakfast made just for him. Two times God sent an angel to touch him and provide physical renewal.
God invites us to rest our souls and experience deeper intimacy with Him through our times of rest. It takes a lot for us to admit we are tired in our very souls. We need to courageously step back, look at what we’re doing and give God the opportunity to search our hearts.
Today’s One Thing
Set aside 30 minutes for complete solitude this week. Sit somewhere peaceful and quiet and just give your mind, will and emotions some quiet rest.