We’re so busy in this society and we are so busy with our personal lives that we rarely if ever find the time to spend with our Creator. Even church activities can deplete our desire to spend quality time with God. Yes, we are commanded to attend church as stated in Hebrews 10: 25, and by no means should be distance ourselves from communing with a body of believers, but many of us are so busy with running around that we never allow our mind and spirits to be rejuvenated by God. What we usually find afterwards is frustration with people, with ourselves, and sadly with God as well.
It’s not a sin to rest. To even write this seems foolish, but many act like resting is an offense to God. Rest is important. Quiet time with the Lord opens ourselves to Him, which we should as believers desire above all things. Even Jesus told his disciples to take a break in Mark 6: 31
“And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart in a desert place and rest awhile: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.”
If we don’t rest we can enter into overload or burnout. I’ve seen it happen; and at times, felt that sensation coming on. The body, mind , and spirit cannot handle such stress without a moment of relaxation. There are many ways to relax: sometimes just lying down helps or not doing errands for a day can truly aid in quiet time. But try to incorporate the time of pause be with God in prayer, fasting, and reading the Bible. At first it may seem hard–even boring, but you’ll be surprised how refreshed you are when you find a quiet place and seek the Lord.
It all begins with a decision to do so. No one can make you take time to rest, but pushing yourself beyond the limit will hurt you spiritually. There’s only one God and you are not He—rest. Drawing near to God is the way–the best way to rest.