Many of us see resting as a passive thing in which nothing is getting done and therefore is a waste of time. Taking a break feels pointless and boring. We want to run full speed ahead and, as the phrase goes, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” Yet, contrary to how it feels, resting is a weapon that helps us conquer obstacles and defeat enemies.
When we rest, we become filled with strength and peace. When we are filled with strength and peace, the Enemy can’t mess with us, we can fend off any attacks against us, and we can successfully accomplish the mission set before us.
When we rest physically our bodies refresh and our muscles strengthen. Sleeping an appropriate amount of time can boost metabolism, increase creativity, help you stay alert and focused, and help your muscles to recover and strengthen.
When we rest spirituality, there are similar benefits. Not resting can lead to stress, anxiety, anger, and depression, all of which can lead to other physical or mental health issues. When we do rest, we find peace, joy, and strength. We are focused and alert. We are more creative, more loving, more awake, and more present in the moment. And the enemies in our lives cannot harm us. Instead, they shake in their boots at how strong we are and at the power of our God.
Here are two simple ways to rest, find peace, and find strength:
Philipians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
1. Give God all of your worries. “Cast all your anxieties on Him, for He cares for you”—1 Peter 5:7 Whether you imagine giving them to Him, putting them in a box, or putting them on a shelf, give God the things that weigh on you. You do not need to be burdened by them. “For my yoke is easy and my burden is like” – Matthew 11:30
2. Practice gratitude. List 10 things that you are grateful for and thank God for those things.