Finding Rest

Do you ever wake up tired?  Do you feel rested, refreshed, renewed? Or do you always feel the crushing burden of the tyranny of the urgent? Are the “to-do’s” terrors that keep you up at night?

We are a busy people. Between work, school, sports, church, and family activities, there doesn’t even seem to be time to breathe.

The idea of Sabbath rest is nearly lost on us today. I’ve seen how more and more activities are crowding into our day of rest, pulling us away from the quiet and peace of God’s Sabbath rest in Jesus Christ, back into the frenzied fury of the world’s demands. There’s always more to do, more to be, more to accomplish, never any time to simply rest and delight in God.

I recently came across this old (3 years) video of Kevin DeYoung preaching on the Sabbath. This is just an excerpt from his sermon, but he raises some great evaluative questions we should consider for our own lives. I encourage you to watch the video, it’s only 3 minutes long.  I’ve written out the questions below.

  1. Am I using Saturday to prepare for Sunday?
  2. Am I using Sunday to get ahead or get a break?
  3. Is there anything about Monday that feels like you rested on Sunday?
  4. Can others see that this Lord’s Day is a day with unique priorities and special blessings for you and your family?
  5. Do you trust God enough to rest? (This one hit be right between the eyes)

Know the grace and peace of the Lord Jesus Christ – and find your rest in Him!

SDG

Thoughts from the frozen tundra

It’s cold.

If you put your computer close enough to your ear, you can probably hear the chattering of my teeth. It may sound like the clicking of my keyboard, but its really my teeth – I promise.

Because of the cold, I’ve been spending most of my time rearranging church activities so that we don’t have people coming out in these extreme temperatures (as I write it is currently 2°, with the windchill somewhere near -25°).

Instead of my usual ponderings here on the blog, I’ll drop off some deep thoughts on winter for your warmth and enjoyment.

It is said that in some countries trees will grow, but will bear no fruit, because there is no winter there. The Lord bless all seasons to his people, and help them rightly to behave themselves, under all the times that go over them.

JOHN BUNYAN

Not only does true grace grow best in winter, but winter is the best season for planting grace.… It is not a speculation, it is a personal experience that hundreds here can testify to, that the Bible, the Sabbath, the Supper, all became so many means of grace to them after some great affliction greatly sanctified.

SAMUEL RUTHERFORD

“Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.”

― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe