Day 118: Resting and Rising

The Daily Word: Friday, April 28th, 2017
Judges 8:18-9:21
Luke 23:44-24:12
Psalm 99:1-9
Proverbs 14:9-10
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Then they returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment. – Lk 23:56

Jesus gave up His life on a Friday: the day before the Sabbath. Do you know what the disciples did all day Saturday? They rested. They were legally bound under Levitical Law to rest – to refrain from doing any work, and to “hold their peace.”[1]

God wanted the disciples to rest. He didn’t want them to panic – to run around trying to figure out what they should do! He didn’t want them working – because Jesus does all the work when we simply rest.

When we rest, He can rise. When we throw our hands up, He can hand blessings down. When we admit how helpless we are in our own strength, He can showcase His strength through us!

Prayer:

Father, help me to rest. When things seem like they can’t get any worse, force me to rest. Make me drop my striving, and pick up Your perfect peace!

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[1] The Greek word for “rest” is hesuchazo, which means to cease from labor, to say nothing, and to hold one’s peace (Strong’s #2270).