Example from Psalms
Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.Psalm 116:7
In the vast treasury of the Old Testament, the Book of Psalms stands as a profound collection of spiritual and emotional expressions. Consisting of 150 individual Psalms, each with its unique theme and tone, it offers a rich source of inspiration and guidance. One of these Psalms, Psalm 116, is a beautiful testament of thanksgiving, and within it, we find a single verse that resonates deeply with our lives.
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The Busy Epidemic
The clamor of our modern world often leads us to a familiar answer when asked about life – “BUSY.” The ceaseless buzz of activity surrounds us, and it’s become almost customary to equate busyness with effectiveness and productivity. But in our relentless pursuit of productivity, we often overlook a subtle danger lurking behind the façade of busyness: burnout.
Consider the astonishing transformation that has unfolded since the invention of the light bulb. In the days before this revolutionary invention, our lives were intimately intertwined with the sun’s rhythm. Evening hours were designated for rest, and people commonly enjoyed around 11 hours of sleep per night. Now, fast forward to our modern era, where the average night’s sleep for many has dwindled to a mere six hours. The advent of the internet and our ever-connected world enables us to work around the clock, blurring the lines between work and rest. Some manufacturing plants operate 24/7, and people engage in night shifts, a concept that was almost unimaginable not so long ago.
The sly efforts of the evil one aim to keep us perpetually busy, exhausted, distracted, and isolated. He’s remarkably effective in this endeavor, and it’s vital for us to recognize the dangers that lie therein. In contrast to this relentless cycle, God’s Word conveys a simple yet profound message: REST.
The Heavenly Father’s Desire
Take a moment to ponder the verse from Psalm 116:7. It implores us to return to rest, reminding us that the Lord has dealt bountifully with us. God’s love and kindness were with us yesterday, they are with us today, and if it is His will, they will be with us tomorrow. It’s easy to let the worries of the world weigh us down, convincing us that we cannot afford to take a day off. The struggle is real, and it’s a battle many of us face daily.
As we contemplate this verse, we must grasp a vital truth – the Lord desires rest for us. This understanding compels us to prioritize rest in our lives, just as we recognize its importance for the well-being of our little ones. As children, they embrace nap time without complaint because they intuitively understand its significance. Yet, as adults, we often relegate rest to a lower rung on the ladder of our priorities, believing that we can push through, or that the solution lies in finding more hours in the day to accomplish our tasks.
However, this is not the desire of our Heavenly Father. In examining Psalm 116:7, we realize that He longs for us to rest, to find solace and rejuvenation in His presence. It’s easy to listen, acknowledge, and then continue with our busy lives, perhaps even moving on to the next task on our seemingly endless list. But could this be the moment to pause, to look at our overburdened calendars, and intentionally block out time to spend with our Heavenly Father? The time spent with Him will never be in vain, and it could be the very rest our weary souls yearn for.
In a world that perpetually thrives on busyness, Psalm 116:7 echoes a profound truth – that true rest is a gift from the Lord. When we heed this divine call to rest, we unlock a wellspring of strength, rejuvenation, and spiritual growth. Amid the incessant demands of life, remember that you, too, can find rest for your soul in the loving presence of your Heavenly Father. It’s a rest that renews, restores, and prepares you for the journey ahead, grounding you in the awareness of God’s bountiful dealings with His children.