Seeking True Rest: Discovering the Source of Lasting Peace

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Step into the journey of Naomi and her daughters-in-law as they embarked on a life-altering trip to Bethlehem-Judah. With their meagre belongings packed tightly, thoughts raced through their minds. What awaited them in a land unknown? How would they be received? What would become of their futures?

In the midst of this uncertainty, Naomi’s heart ached. She cherished her daughters-in-law and knew bidding them farewell would be difficult. Yet, she recognized the importance of their own paths and encouraged them to return to their mothers’ homes to start anew.

Naomi said unto her two daughters-in-law,

Go, return each to her mother’s house: the Lord deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me. The Lord grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband.” (Ruth 1:8-9)

“That You May Find Rest”

Rest. In a world filled with turmoil and unrest, we all yearn for a place of tranquillity and solace. But where do we find true rest? Is it in the arms of sleep, the company of friends, material possessions, or even in relationships?

Naomi’s prayer for her daughters-in-law sheds light on the importance of finding rest in the house of a husband. But what kind of rest can one truly find there? Is it a guarantee of peace and contentment?

As we delve deeper, we realize that a husband’s house doesn’t automatically provide the rest we seek. For some, marriage becomes a source of emotional turmoil and weariness. Others find themselves exhausted, juggling the demands of motherhood and household responsibilities.

In the pursuit of rest, many young women believe that marriage will be the ultimate source of solace and rejuvenation. Society often paints a picture of marital bliss, where all our emotional and physical needs will be met. However, the reality is often far from this idealized notion. While marriage can be a beautiful and fulfilling relationship, it is not meant to bear the weight of our deepest longings for rest.

Marriage offers the opportunity for companionship and shared burdens (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12). However, it is vital to remember that true rest in a relationship requires a strong foundation centred on God. As young women, it is important to acknowledge that finding rest within the context of marriage requires a balanced perspective and an understanding of God’s role in our lives. While marriage can be a source of love, companionship, and support, it cannot provide the ultimate rest and fulfilment that only God can offer.

The Journey to True Rest

So, what is the pathway to true rest? How can we guarantee all-encompassing peace that goes beyond earthly relationships and circumstances?

It begins by embracing the source of true rest – Jesus Christ. He beckons to us, saying, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) When we come to Jesus, surrendering our lives to Him, we experience a profound transformation. He becomes our ultimate source of rest and comfort. In His presence, our hearts find tranquillity amidst life’s storms.

In Psalm 62, David paints a vivid picture of true rest when he proclaims, “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.” These words reveal the essence of true rest—a deep sense of peace and security that comes from entrusting ourselves to God.

The beloved Psalm 23 also unveils the beauty of true rest. David portrays God as the Good Shepherd who leads us beside quiet waters and restores our souls. Just as sheep find peace and nourishment by still waters, we too can experience deep rest as we abide in the presence of our loving Shepherd.

True rest goes beyond the external circumstances of our lives. It emanates from a deep relationship with Jesus Christ. When we fully depend on Him, we find a peace that surpasses all understanding. No longer do we place our expectations on fleeting things, for disappointment awaits those who seek rest in temporary solutions.

The Challenge: Rethinking Rest

In a world that glorifies busyness and achievement, rethinking our understanding of rest is a radical and transformative endeavour. It requires us to challenge the cultural norms that define success and to align our perspective with the wisdom of Scripture. Let’s delve deeper into this challenge by exploring relevant Bible verses that shed light on the true meaning of rest.

  1. Psalm 46:10: “Be still, and know that I am God.”

In the midst of our hectic lives, God invites us to be still and recognize His sovereignty. This verse calls us to pause, let go of our worries and anxieties, and trust in His divine providence. True rest begins with surrendering control and acknowledging that God is ultimately in charge. When we cease striving and allow Him to guide our steps, we experience a profound sense of peace and rest for our souls.

  1. Exodus 20:8-10: “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God.”

God, in His infinite wisdom, instituted the Sabbath as a day of rest and worship. It was a commandment given to the Israelites to ensure they had dedicated time to rest, reflect, and reconnect with Him. The challenge for us today is to embrace the gift of Sabbath and create space in our lives for intentional rest. By setting aside time to cease our usual work and engage in activities that nourish our spirits, we honor God and cultivate a rhythm of rest in our lives.

  1. Mark 6:31: “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

Even Jesus Himself recognized the importance of rest. In this verse, He invites His disciples to find solitude and rest after a period of intense ministry. Jesus understood that rest is not a luxury but a necessity for our well-being. He encourages us to prioritize self-care, seek moments of solitude, and replenish our spirits. The challenge lies in recognizing that rest is not a sign of weakness or laziness, but a vital aspect of our journey with God.

Action Points

1️⃣ Seek solitude: Set aside time each day to spend in quiet reflection and prayer, allowing Jesus to speak to your heart and bring you His peace.

2️⃣ Surrender control: Release your worries and anxieties to God, trusting that He has a perfect plan for your life and will provide the rest you need.

3️⃣ Prioritize self-care: Take care of your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Resting in Jesus means caring for yourself holistically.

4️⃣ Cultivate a grateful heart: Focus on the blessings in your life and express gratitude to God. Gratitude brings a sense of contentment and helps us find rest in His provision.

Join the Journey to Tranquility

Let’s embark on this journey to true rest together. Run to Jesus, surrender your life to Him, and experience a rest like no other. Share this post with a friend who needs a reminder to seek true rest, and let’s spread the joy and peace that can only be found in Jesus!

2 thoughts on “Seeking True Rest: Discovering the Source of Lasting Peace”

  1. Oh how I long to dwell in your Presence Jesus, for in you I find true rest and Peace.

    Thank you Chiamaka for these Spirit-inspired words.

    1. I love how you penned it, sis! “How I ing to dwell in Your presence, Jesus.” May this be our daily pursuit. Amen!

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