Mark 6:31-32 — 31 He said to them, “Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” 32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place (NIV).
I can’t overstress the importance of getting an appropriate amount of rest. Nobody is superhuman, and everyone needs to take care of themselves. It sounds easy enough, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t know how to rest. Perhaps you’re one of them.
I want to highlight a few points from the above passage about the importance of resting. Let me first bring you up to speed on this story. Jesus sent out the disciples at the beginning of Mark 6, and they went about doing the work of the Lord. They preached that people should repent, drove out demons, and healed the sick. The disciples then returned to Jesus and reported to Him all they had done and taught. Then one day so many people had come and gone that they all forgot to eat.
The first point I want to make is even Jesus realized the significance of rest. He and the disciples had been working extremely hard, and Jesus instructed them to come with Him to get some rest. He understood the value of resting, so He stopped everything and they went.
In order to rest properly, you have to first realize the value of doing so. Many people don’t rest because they think its unnecessary or a waste of time. Some people decide to rest, but they can’t because they just think about all the things that still need to be done. If you think about what needs to be done long enough, you’ll eventually start trying to do it.
You will never be fully restored with this kind of a mentality. God does not honor foolishness. Jesus expects us to rest because it’s important to Him, and it’s necessary to you. He took time for Himself, and today He’s telling you to do the same.
Psalm 91:1 — He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty (NIV).
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