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Monday, March 11, 2019

Exchange My Restlessness for God’s Peace

In review of Psalm 127:2 it 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).

Today’s verse is Psalm 127:2. In it Solomon writes that life without God is senseless. All of life's work must have God as the foundation. Therefore It is useless for me to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.

God is not against hard work, it actually honors Him. But working to the exclusion of rest, to the neglect of family or restlessly wandering may be a cover-up for an inability to trust God to provide for my needs.

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

God wants me to give up my tendency to roam, wander, and veer off course. Restlessness only leads to exhaustion, as well as physical, emotional, and spiritual fatigue. I need more than sleep to cure those last two.

I’m learning that one of the Hebrew names of God is Jehovah Shalom. And shalom means peace. So Jehovah Shalom means “I am the God of peace.” Jesus tells me 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, “I’m offering you a gift of peace,” he means it. It’s not something I have to work for. It’s not something I deserve. It’s not something I beg for. Peace has nothing to do with problem-free living. It is simply a gift that I must choose to accept, and it’s available to me today.

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 said that when I follow him, he would lighten my load. I can rest in his promise!

Bottom line:
It's useless to work super hard from early to late. God gives rest to his loved ones and meets our needs.

What this means to me:
It is useless for me to work so hard for a living, getting up early and going to bed late. For God will provide for me.

In summary, life without God is senseless. It is useless for me to work so hard, for God gives rest to his loved ones. God wants me to give up my tendency to roam, wander, and veer off course. Restlessness on my part only leads to exhaustion. The Hebrew name of God is Jehovah Shalom. Shalom means peace. God offers me a gift of peace. It's a gift I must choose to accept. When I walk closely with Jesus he will show me how to take a real rest. When I follow him, he will lighten my load. I can rest in his promise.

Father I know that I tend to veer off course all the time. I let what’s going on in my life and the pressures and demands of my job drive me. I need to rest in your peace and allow you to direct my actions. Today I pray for your peace in what I do. Provide me with your wisdom and guidance in my work activities, my leadership, and my interactions with others. These things I pray in your Son Jesus name, amen!

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