Verse of the Day


"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy."

~Exodus 20:8-11


Today's Devotional Thought

August 09, 2012 by Rachel Piferi



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Disciplined Rest

How good are you at following God's 4th commandment? Do you know what commandment that is?

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy (Exodus 20:8-11).

When I read this commandment, I tend to look down and shake my head a bit in self condemnation. You see, I have a really hard time resting. My personality is such that I am always, always thinking, planning, or executing some plan. My brain simply never shuts off. It seems that I am energized by activity and by thinking of new activities. It is really hard for me to let my spirit and mind just relax, rest, and inhale rather than constantly exhaling through life.

Relaxing is so very hard for me. But recently, God is showing me that I don't just have permission to rest, but I am required to rest. I am commanded to slow down, inhale, and get filled by him in frequent moments and days of rest.

For a personality like mine, it is not natural to sit and rest. It is something that I am training myself to do through sheer obedience. Training. Discipline. Sounds crazy I know, but I am learning to discipline myself to rest.

Maybe you are like me and have a non-stop personality that is constantly thinking of what needs to be done next. Or maybe you have no problem resting and complying with commandment number 4. Maybe you have some other area that God is showing you in which you need to comply to his commands. And maybe you are feeling like these commands go against your natural ways of being. We may be tempted to say that our personalities or our make-ups make it so hard to do whatever it is that God is asking us. But you know what I've learned, sweet friends? Just because it is hard or seems contrary to our natural selves doesn't mean we aren't expected to still do it.

Do it in his strength.

I know it sounds strange, but I have started praying that God would help me rest. That he would help me turn my brain off at times and just slow down and breathe in. That I would be able to savor the holy moments of spiritual, emotional, and physical rest that he will give in ample supply if I only would receive them. And I have found that God is more than gracious in helping me receive those gifts. I just simply need to ask. Ask for his ability to do whatever he is asking me to do, especially when it seems to be so hard for me and go against my natural tendencies.

Even if it is to just slow down and rest.

Ask him today to help you in whatever area it is that you need discipline in. Sit at his feet and ask. And then be amazed at how he empowers you to do those things he wants you to do that seemed so contrary to yourself at first.

Trust me. If this Type A, always thinking and planning girl can channel God's strength to begin to learn how to exercise the discipline of rest, then you can also develop discipline in whatever area you struggle with! I am not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but I am one more imperfect step down the journey to becoming all that God wants me to be. And, I'll take that!!


Memorize this verse today:

"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy."
~Exodus 20:8-11



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