Sabbath Rest, In the Midst of Busyness

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

1 Kings 19: 9-14; Hebrews 4: 5-10

The busyness and demands of our lives and culture crowds out a very impotent spiritual principle.  That principle is one of rest. Just as rest is needed in our physical life, so it is needed in our spiritual life as well. The two are actually connected and cannot be separated. 

Here are several reasons to rest or take a moment or day sabbath

1. It is a command of God

    We imitate Him when we stop our doing and rest.

2. Jesus offers us a daily sabbath rest in Hebrews chapter 4

3. Weariness of heart and soul are the result of a lack of rest

4. The root of resting is trust

A definition of R.E. S. T.

Rooted

Experiencing God

Surrender

Trust

How to rest in our fast, multitasking, pressurized culture

1. Take a moment to be still in His presence

2. Breathe slowly, allow Him to attend to you

3. Focus your attention on Him, this is called attending

4. Hear His word to you

5. Walk, that is trust

“There’s a pervasive form of contemporary violence… activism and  overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away buy a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence… It kills the route of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.” ~ Thomas Merton, The Ascent of Truth