MONDAY, AUGUST 10
“The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; He leads me beside peaceful streams.”
Psalm 23:1-2 (NLT2)
This week on Facebook, pastor Mike asked us what was causing overload in our lives. Within an hour there were over 100 comments. It is clear that a lot of things are making a lot of us feel overloaded right now. We weren’t made to go through life feeling overloaded.
According to a Greek legend, in ancient Athens a man noticed the great storyteller Aesop playing childish games with some little boys. He laughed and jeered at Aesop, asking him why he wasted his time in such frivolous activity. Aesop responded by picking up a bow, loosening its string, and placing it on the ground. Then he said to the critical Athenian, “Now, answer the riddle, if you can. Tell us what the unstrung bows implies.” The man looked at it for several moments but had no idea what point Aesop was trying to make. Aesop explained, “If you keep a bow always bent, it will break eventually; but if you let it go slack, it will be more fit for use when you want it.”
Clearly, some of us feel like we are about to break. God has hard wired a need for rest into the DNA of His creation. If we are constantly under strain we will eventually break. In Psalm 23 the writer sees himself as a sheep and God as a shepherd. And one of the benefits of a good shepherd is he leads his sheep to a place of rest. In spiritual terms rest means primarily to cease from one’s works with the idea of release from anxiety, worry and insecurity. This rest is offered to all and is freely available by grace through personal faith in Jesus Christ.
Mike shared on Sunday that sheep won’t lie down and rest if they are afraid. Do you think there are fears or worries in your life that are keeping you from resting spiritually, physically or emotionally? In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus talks about rest. What does this passage say you should do with the overload you are feeling?