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Monday, February 28, 2011 @ 5:24:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell -
What is the rest that God is challenging us to enter? I believe there are at least two aspects: (1) resting while engaging in our work and activity, and (2) resting from our work and activity. Both are equally important and necessary but also equally difficult.

Hebrews 4:10 in the Amplified Bible says "ceasing from the weariness and pain of human labors" The verse does not say ceasing from human labors. In the midst of our labors, while engaged in activity, we are to rest in what God has done for us. We are to cease striving to achieve by our own efforts and learn to be dependent upon the Holy Spirit's help in our daily lives. This is learning to "live in His presence and rest in His provision" on a moment by moment basis. During this lifetime on earth, we will never fully arrive in this perpetual state of rest, but we can increasingly find the peace that comes from fully resting in God, even in times of significant stress.

Successfully "resting while engaging" in our work and activity also requires that we have periods of time "resting from" our work and activity. Otherwise we end up laboring from a position of fatigue. We live in frail bodies and they need rejuvenation. Without periods of non-activity we also lose perspective and begin to believe that everything around us is dependent upon our skills, abilities and effort. We begin to trust more in ourselves than in God and the burden becomes overwhelming.

I recently received this excellent email from Dawn, a good friend and employee, which captures the significance of resting from our normal work and activity:

"YES TO REST!! Time to give our minds and body a respite, a retreat from all the illusions of every day. There are many ways to nourish the soul, but we must stop, just simply stop, life as we are living it. If only for an hour or a day a week, and take some time to gift the soul. Or, more accurately, to allow our soul to gift us. Sometimes we think we can't afford the time or the money to do so. Truth be told, we cannot afford not to."

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