I’m wrestling with anxiety, doubt, the dread of looming tasks, relational concerns…the works; or, as the Bible calls it, “the works of the flesh”.
So I took inventory of my hole-y trinity: my physical, emotional, and spiritual status; and am implementing some needed changes in those arenas, but meanwhile, I came across this verse:
“Let us make every effort to enter His rest…” (Hebrews 4:11)
Two words struck me: effort and rest.
It takes effort to rest in Christ amidst life’s unrest. It does not come naturally to any of us. What IS natural is ruminating, repressing, and reconstructing.
Ruminating on the should’ve-would’ve-could’ve’s. Repressing emotions in hope God and I won’t discover what I’m REALLY like, and reconstructing life to fit my comfort levels.
Some of that isn’t bad—I mean, if I didn’t repress my behavior or words, my circle of friends would consist of me and my hamster. If I had a hamster.
But to experience true rest, I must work at unworking: forget the idea that I can do life- even the “easy” parts, apart from Him.
What’s your struggle today? Let us make every effort to uncurl our grasp on self-sufficiency—and self-INsufficiency, and curl into the lap of our all-sufficient Christ.
So God set another time for entering his rest, and that time is today…
“Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts.” Heb. 4:7
The Lord replied, “I will personally go with you, and I will give you rest–everything will be fine for you.” Ex 33:14