Date: Wednesday, April 3
Scripture: Deuteronomy 12:5-12
Verse: for you have not yet come into the rest and the possession that the Lord your God is giving you. (Deuteronomy 12:9)
Quiet days can be filled with anxiety. Some of us keep busy because the thought of doing nothing and being alone with our thoughts is somewhat frightening. Busyness can be a way of blocking genuine reflection on ourselves, our relationships with God and others, our level of happiness or peace, and anything else which we may not want to confront. Some chronic insomniacs go to sleep with the television on for similar reasons. No matter how hard we try, there are times when rest will not come.
Rest, today’s passage reminds us, is a gift from God. It is something only he can truly give us. The Israelites in Deuteronomy are waiting to come into a place of rest when they receive the land God has promised them. The land is described as a place where they will worship God and know rest.
For us today, the rest we seek is also with God. It is not to be found in a far-away, exotic location we could travel to this summer – while that might be restful for a time, it is fleeting. Instead our rest is in the development of our relationship with God. Like the ancient Israelites, it comes in times of worship, giving, meals with neighbors and friends, and finding joy in the work God has given us (see verses 6-7). May we each find our rest in Him.
Prayer: O God, I know I need to rest in you. Still my heart, and deepen my longing for you that I may find your rest. Amen.
Action: Develop one of these things in your life: worship, giving, meals, joy in work.
Respond: When rest has eluded you, how have you found it in God? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below. If you are receiving this via email, click the title at the top of the email to take you to the devotion webpage where you can leave a comment.