Stillness is the space between you and the world. It is the quiet place, the secret place where God abides in you. This sacred space needs to be defended from the cares of the world.
God gives us the pattern of the Sabbath to let us know that even he rested from his work. The Sabbath was a day of rest once a week designated by God for his people. We should as well designate a time to rest and allow God to restore us.
Genesis teaches us that we are created in the image of God to have dominion over the earth and our affairs. Thus, the natural default in us is to seek power. It can be difficult to mandate a time of rest and admit our human weakness and the need for God to intervene. There is constant tension between wanting this dominion over our life and resting and allowing God to be that which dominates in our life. That is why the Sabbath gives us a blueprint of creating time to be in the sacred space.
The Principle of Rest states: “True power lies in the ability to relinquish the desire for control and replace it with stillness.”
Utilizing this wisdom is like having grace upon our neck instead of a heavy and unbearable burden. Jesus said that his yoke is easy and his burden is light. We were designed to enjoy our lives and be fruitful and cultivate the projects, plans and ideas that are God-inspired. Walk into the grace and peace that Jesus gives you and let God take over. Creating a quiet space and time to spend time with the Creator of the universe is essential, and gives life to your soul. It infuses you with the wisdom to make sound financial decisions. It informs you to take certain paths to success.
When you are tempted to continue your pursuit when you need to unwind, remind yourself to take a day of rest as God did in the book of Genesis. Live, and walk in the way of understanding. Then your labor will not be in vain because you have taken the time to recharge with God.
By simply letting go, God can do his greatest works in you. We are aptly warned to not weary ourselves to be rich and to cease from our own wisdom and understanding. True wealth is having sound wisdom and discretion, and being satisfied with good from all the work that you do.
Remember that when you surrender that sacred space and time to God, he works out everything on your end. All of the just balances and scales are God’s and the weights in those bags come from his work.
Even if you fall down and make mistakes, you will rise up again. That place of rest and stillness is within, and no one can destroy it. Be encouraged to take time and rest in the Lord.
Excerpted from Jae Magazine Anniversary 2016 Issue, Confession Points on The Grace of Having Freedom From Vain Toil: Proverbs 1:29-32; 3:21-22, 24-26; 9:1-6; 10:16; 12:14; 16:11; 19:10; 23:4; 24:15-16
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