Women’s Devotional | The Root of You – Week #6
You’re Now Entering the Rest Zone
So the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts (inhabitants). 2 And by the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested (ceased) on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it [as His own, that is, set it apart as holy from other days], because in it He rested from all His work which He had created and done.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls.
Exodus 20: 8-10
8 Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.
Verb 1.cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength.
Take it Easy
When I think about resting I think about taking a nap!!! From a mom’s perspective looking at my kids, when they get sleepy they start to whine or act up. They become irritable and just need to close their eyes. Maybe it’s the constant reminder my kids give me that makes me miss nap time, or the immaturity that just thinks that more sleep equals happiness.
A few years ago if I ever had to miss a church service on Sunday and then didn’t set aside time to be with God I would find the following week hard to navigate. I found I would get angry or annoyed much easier. Things that normally would roll off my back were hanging out and I would think on them over and over again. That is why time with Holy Spirit is time well spent. He can speak to your heart all of the things that will lift your soul and renew your mind thus giving you strength to endure. When you stay sheltered under his wings and stay in his shadow you will release Him. Bill Johnson says this, “Your shadow will always release whatever overshadows you.”
The rest that God is talking about is both physical and spiritual. It’s physical in the sense that we are to not “work” on the 7th day of the week, the Sabbath. Work for us isn’t exactly as it was during biblical times but it is still a distraction from time in God’s presence. It’s a spiritual rest in the sense that without time in God’s presence our spirit can’t be refreshed. When we don’t spend time with our creator we are unplugged and can get run down easily.
- Are you missing time with Holy Spirit?
- Do you feel like spending more time with Holy Spirit will bring you a restful mind and soul?
Challenge: Take 5 minutes a day and set that time aside to spend time resting in His presence. You will be shocked at what you begin to release when God is the one that over shadows your soul.