We push ourselves for perfection.
We push ourselves to get through hoops.
We push ourselves to do better.
We push ourselves to reach our goals.
We push and push. Meanwhile, God is trying to get us to sit down and listen.
God gives us ideas . He gives us dreams. These things motivate us. They should motive us, but sometimes we put God in the back of the plans when it was His plan, to begin with.
For as long, then, as that promise of resting in him pulls us on to God’s goal for us, we need to be careful that we’re not disqualified. We received the same promises as those people in the wilderness, but the promises didn’t do them a bit of good because they didn’t receive the promises with faith. If we believe, though, we’ll experience that state of resting. But not if we don’t have faith. Remember that God said,
Exasperated, I vowed,
“They’ll never get where they’re going,
never be able to sit down and rest.”
God made that vow, even though he’d finished his part before the foundation of the world. Somewhere it’s written, “God rested the seventh day, having completed his work,” but in this other text he says, “They’ll never be able to sit down and rest.” So this promise has not yet been fulfilled. Those earlier ones never did get to the place of rest because they were disobedient – Hebrews 4: 1-6
Sometimes we are trying to get to the other side that we forget to rest. We can find a place of rest I then make room for God to speak to me. My mind is not wondering about the next step or the next day. My mind is simply free to let God speak to me.
We want to do and do, but when we find a time to rest are the moments we are showing God that we trust that He is working things out for us.
Do not be so busy working God’s plan for your life that you forget to keep Him first in your life. Find time to rest.