December 9 2016 – Live out of rest.

In verse 2 of Psalm 127 speaking of God it says:

2 ….For so He gives His beloved sleep.

God gives us sleep. It’s a reminder we don’t serve a God who is a task master or a slave driver. He gives us sleep, rest and wants us to live out of rest, a general disposition and demeanor of relaxedness, not tension and anxiety.

This is communicated in the rest of the verse that says:

2 It is vain for you to rise up early,
To sit up late,
To eat the bread of sorrows;

…or as one version puts it ” To eat the bread of anxious toil”, or as another puts it ” of  exhausting labour”.

God wants our normal mental and emotional state, our home base, our neutral gear, to be one of rest, ease, relaxedness and peace. He wants us free of anxiety and worry. That most accurately reflects His care and love for us and is the state from which we live life best and thrive and flourish.

Hebrews 4:10 speaks of us entering God’s rest, it says ” For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.” This is not just a statement of our position theologically. Rest is not something that only applies to the state of our spirit, but something God wants us to experience in our soul and body as well.

The God who gives sleep, rest, is a God of rest, who wants us to enter His rest, so we can live out of rest.

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