Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | September 2, 2013

September 2, 2013 “Get Some Rest”

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

Good Morning and Blessed Labor Day to You!

What are your plans today? Will you have precious time to spend with your family? Perhaps a cookout is in your plans, or a trip to the mountains, or maybe a movie or a nice dinner out. For many of us, “Labor Day” has become a welcome respite from the demands of our labors…an end of summer holiday to become refreshed. God created us to labor for him, but he also intended that we take time to rest from those labors as well. In this passage from Mark, Jesus’ disciples had just returned from the mission their Master had sent them on, recorded in Mark 6: 6-12:  These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra shirt. Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” They went out and preached that people should repent. They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.”  Upon their return, Jesus called them to a place of rest. Doing God’s work is very important, but Jesus also recognized that to do it effectively will require periodic rest and renewal. One of the best ways I know of to do this is to spend significant time each day in prayer. Drawing away to the Lord is His invitation. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11;28) May this be a restful day for you. Come to Jesus. Come and rest in the Lord. Let’s pray!

God of Restoration: It is good to come to Your Throne of Grace and lay our burdens down. It is good to cast our cares upon You and find rest from our labors. In doing so, we are renewed to labor on as the time of labor returns…refreshed and renewed in body, soul, and spirit. Revive us, Lord, as we steal away to your presence this day. Amen!

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