If there is one thing believers in Christ are entitled to it is rest. Sleepless nights, reeling thoughts, emotional instability, and constant worry are not our inheritance. The Prince of Peace laid all the problems of the world on His back when He died on the cross, so we would have everlasting rest. Not just when we get to Heaven, but here on earth, as we face day to day life.
There is a reason God designed the human body to require sleep. No person on earth can survive or function without it. When you think of how many problems we pick up and crises we confront for the better part of each day, we would surely go crazy if we didn’t have respite in nightly sleep. Now, there is a stark difference between sleep and rest. Sleep eventually happens, whether by complete exhaustion, overwhelming fatigue, sickness, or even prescription sleeping aids. But rest is much more elusive.
“It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so He gives His beloved sleep.” –Psalm 127:2
We have to remember that rest is a divine right of God’s children. He allows our soul and spirit to recline into Him knowing that He holds every care of life in His hands. He can handle it – whatever it is. Only He knows the future and has the power to providentially change the course of our lives. He sees our problems even before we become aware of them, and nothing sneaks up on Him. There is nothing for the Almighty Lord of Heaven to know that He doesn’t know already. So, with a God that strong and sovereign ruling over all of creation, and specifically, us, shouldn’t rest be one of the easiest things for us to attain?
It is when we trust Him like we say we do. Like we claim we do in all our prayers and praises to Him. Being able to rest when life still spins out of control says to God that no matter what, I will take this gift your Son died for – peace for my soul – and lay my head down in complete confidence in who You are.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” –Matthew 11:28-30