Rest and Recuperation

Week beginning: 23rd April, 2017 | By David McIlroy | London

"So we arrived in Jerusalem, where we rested three days."

Ezra 8:32 (NIV)

Do you pride yourself on your stamina or are you exhausted? Do you find it difficult to relax? Do you feel under constant pressure to check your phone? Ezra the priest had a big and important job: the proclamation of God's law to God's people. So, the first thing he did when he arrived in Jerusalem was to rest. Instead of making an early start, Ezra took the time to recover properly from the long journey he had undertaken.

God knows that we need rest. One of the most gifted nineteenth century preachers, Robert Murray McCheyne, wrote this, whilst he was dying aged just 29: "God gave me a message to deliver and a horse to ride. Alas, I have killed the horse and now I cannot deliver the message."

If we are to serve God, our churches, our families, and our clients well, we need to recognise that we are not made to work constantly: as the Sabbath principle teaches us, there are times when what we need to concentrate on is resting.

When was the last time you rested for three days? What would it mean for you to rest properly this coming Bank Holiday Weekend? What do you need to do to refresh your body and soul?

Prayer points:

1. Take some time to rest in God, and seek from the Lord the refreshment that only He and His word can give to both your body and soul.

2. Pray for those who you know are anxious or weary, and ask that they may know the peace that passes all understanding.