“For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” Exodus 20:11

God doesn’t just suggest or encourage rest, He commands us to rest (Exodus 20:8–11) and He led by example (Genesis 2:1–3; Exodus 20:11). From the beginning of the word of God we learn that God is not a workaholic. Rather, He leads by example  and encourages rest and restoration.

When Rest Feels Like Work

Rest, for many of us, is exhausting—which is an oxymoron. When we try to find time to pray, read our Bible, fellowship with believers, or attend church we can feel overwhelmed.

Thinking of everything we have to do diminishes the importance of things we are commanded to do.

It’s important to recalibrate in those moments and remember that just because we can be busy, doesn’t mean we should be. Finishing your to-do list is not a demand given by God, but resting and spending quality time in His presence is a commandment.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28–30. 

Jesus, in the above scriptures, encapsulates rest and demonstrates that He is Sabbath—all we have to do is go to Him. Today, give Jesus your weariness, your exhaustion, the pressure you feel to be more and do more, and rest in His presence.

Our country is in a position of unrest with the pandemic that is plaguing the globe, but the way we respond to the media, fear, and anxiety is a representation of what is in our hearts. In the last five weeks God has revealed fear I have been harboring in my heart concerning the coronavirus, among other things. It is His grace that shows us the areas we need to grow, not His chastisement.

My response to the media is not contingent to how I feel, it is grounded in the word of God. I will choose to rest in this day of unrest and worldly uncertainty. God is already in our tomorrow’s and will be in our years to come as well. Follow the pattern of rest today and experience gentleness and lightness in your spirit.


Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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