Cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength; be based on or grounded in; depend on; an interval of silence of a specified duration.
What comes to mind when you think of finding rest? Maybe rest to you means a quick getaway, sneaking in a mid-afternoon nap, binging on Netflix, or sitting in the car sipping on a latte listening to your favorite tunes. All of us have a different idea of rest and there is no shortage of ways to rest, but there is only one type of rest that refreshes, replenishes, and restores you and that is the rest we find in Jesus.
As you are reading pay close attention to these 3 R words and their definitions as you reflect on how finding rest in God refreshes, replenishes, and restores your spirit.
Refresh: Give new strength or energy to; reinvigorate; to update or renew
Replenish: Fill (something) up again; to fill with inspiration or power to supply fully
Restore: To return (something) to an earlier or original condition by repairing it, cleaning it
When I think about being in perfect alignment with God I think back to the day I was baptized. What an absolutely glorious day! I felt reborn because I was reborn. I felt the light of God in my life and I intrinsically knew that was how it was always supposed to be. I felt refreshed with new strength, I was clean, reinvigorated, complete, and inspired. God had taken me from my sin state and transformed me into a new creature. It is the one day I would relive over and over if given the chance! Maybe you have had a similar experience, I pray you have! Sometimes the world makes it difficult for us to remember that Christ is our refuge and we seek rest where it is nowhere to be found.
Make no mistake, we are in a daily spiritual battle that is not without its bumps and bruises. The enemy has a target on our back and wants to kill, steal, destroy and try to separate us from God. When our spiritual energy is low we become susceptible to the schemes and lies of the enemy and it trickles down into all aspects of our lives, affecting not only us but our family. It is also easier to fall into sin patterns when we are out of alignment with God. In those instances, you may be wondering if you were ever really transformed. You were and you are!
Spiritual maintenance comes through finding rest in God. It is then that he renews and fills up our spirit and returns us to a clean state of alignment with him! God tells us when we need maintenance, but if we are distracted, we simply discard those nudges and move on to the next thing, without the rest we need.