Day 54: The Importance of Rest

The Daily Word: Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
Leviticus 14:1-57
Mark 6:30-56
Psalm 40:1-10
Proverbs 10:11-12
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves. – Mk 6:30-32

Jesus told the disciples to put a priority on rest. The disciples were praying: telling Jesus all things they had done and taught. They were serving: for there were many coming and going. Yet Jesus interrupted their prayer, and their service, to remind them to rest.

The disciples were being stretched thin: traveling to heal and to teach, and ministering to all the people who came to them. They had busy schedules full of service to God! But Jesus told them if they didn’t take time to minister to themselves, they wouldn’t have strength to minister to others.

If you aren’t full, you will have nothing to pour out. Give yourself time to rest and receive from the Lord. It is only from a place of rest that you can glorify God.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for rest! Remind me of the importance of rest: every single day of my life.

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