Devotion for January 26, 2023

“It is senseless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, fearing you will starve to death; for God wants his loved ones to get their proper rest.” (Psalm 127:2, TLB)

Did you know that sheep don’t like to lie down? And people are just like them! But if you don’t choose to slow down, God will make you lie down.

Living life God’s way means that you take time to rest. That’s not just a right way to live; it’s also the only healthy way to live.

Psalm 127:2 says, “It is senseless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, fearing you will starve to death; for God wants his loved ones to get their proper rest” (TLB).

God wants you to give up your tendency to roam, to wander, to veer off course. Restlessness leads to exhaustion — to physical, emotional, and spiritual fatigue. And you need more than sleep to cure those last two.

One of the Hebrew names of God is Jehovah Shalom, which means “I am the God of peace.” Jesus says in John 14:27, “I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid” (NLT).

If God says he is offering you the gift of peace, then he means it. It’s not something you have to work for. It’s not something you deserve. It’s not something you beg for. It is simply a gift that you must choose to accept, and it’s available to you today.

Here’s a paraphrase of how Jesus said it: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly” (Matthew 11:28-30, The Message).

Jesus says that when you follow him, he will lighten your load. You can rest in his promise!

Prayer

Lord, I want you to lead my life in Your service. Give me Your peace, a peace of mind and heart, so that I may joyfully serve You always. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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