Some say it’s normal. Being busy is a way of life. Not being on the go means you are not doing enough. To sit down is to waste time.
In today’s society there is so much to do. We are constantly filling up our calendars with all kinds of events and goals and never ending chores. Our to do lists get longer and longer by the minute. Then, we lay awake at night when we are suppose to be resting and think about all of the things we did not get done. Is this really how God intending us to be as humans?
In the video you will notice there are cups and cups and CUPS of coffee to help get through the week. After I produced the video God said to me the coffee represents how often we rely on other things to get us through our days rather than leaning on Him for our strength and support.
We would run ourselves ragged if we continued on that pace in the video for very long. When we are so busy doing the WORK of God, when do we have time to spend with God? Which is why I would like to suggest that we take ACTION and learn to rest. What? Rest is an Action? Yes. Yes it is. If we forget this one simple element, rest, in our life, we will soon be unable to take any action at all.
A is for Abide: Learn how to stop running around and just abide in Jesus.
C is for Calling: Are the things you are doing really your calling?
T is for timing: Is there realistically time in your schedule for what you say yes to?
I is for intent: Why are you saying yes? To please God or man? Is it yes just because there is a desire to fit in?
O is for Open Communication: We must have open communication with God so that we will be directed to the things He wants us to do
N is for Next Step: If we are rested, God will be able to define our steps and put us right in line with the promise of
This is God’s Word on the subject: “As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.
I know I made it seem easy, yet I know it’s not. You have to start with loving yourself enough to say NO to those things which are hindering you from spending quality time with God. You really don’t have to do it all. That’s a lie from the enemy. He wants us to have our calendars filled everyday. He wants us to be worn out and unrested. But God doesn’t. He wants to lead you beside green pastures and let you see the still waters. He desires to restore us and guide us in the right paths. He wants to protect you from evil and comfort you. He wants you to sit at His table amongst your enemies. He wants to anoint your head with oil and fill your cup to overflowing. He wants goodness and mercy to follow after you and He wants to dwell with you in His house…..
How can He do this is we don’t sit still long enough?
Forgive us for being so busy that we miss you in the process. Teach us how to rest. Show us how in our own individual ways what it means to rest. We give you permission to slow us down so that we can rest in You daily. Lord, we praise You for the work You are about to do in our lives. Thank You for loving us right where we are.
In Jesus Name. AMEN
The Message (MSG)
A David Psalm
23 1-3 God, my shepherd!
I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word,
you let me catch my breath
and send me in the right direction.
4 Even when the way goes through
I’m not afraid
when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook
makes me feel secure.
5 You serve me a six-course dinner
right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head;
my cup brims with blessing.
6 Your beauty and love chase after me
every day of my life.
I’m back home in the house of God
for the rest of my life.
I could read the 23rd Psalm over and over again and never grow tired of hearing the promises of God in it. I love the way The Message Bible says it in such plain English. Reread it a couple of times to yourself and begin to see what God is showing to you. Do you see stress? Do you feel like you have to do anything strenuous? Did you think that God was angry at all with you? None of these things are present here.
It is as if He is the play writer and is setting the stage for a magnificent performance. He leads. He guides. He provides. He blesses. He protects. He promotes. In these verses you feel safe. So….why do we not take this approach to everyday of our life? If we fully trust in God then this should be our daily prayer. Everyday we should look for the meadow and the still water. Every day we should receive the overflowing cup and the prepared meal. How have we gotten such a warped picture of Who God really is?
I don’t have everyone’s answers but this is mine. Doubt. Ya know how Jesus says it only takes faith the size of a mustard seed to move a mountain? Well if this is true then how much doubt do we need to disbelieve the things of God….a mustard seed or less… Satan prowls the earth like a roaring lion seeking to destroy lives and snare God’s people and surely this is what took my vision of the meadow and the still waters. At some point something probably really tiny threw me in the wrong direction and I stopped believing.
How sneaky of the devil, who by the way, has no power over those who are in Christ. Begin today to read the 23rd Psalm until you believe it. Don’t just recite it, make it personal to you. See that God is talking about you and you alone. Begin to find the faith to say, God is my leader. God is my provider. God is my Shepard. God prepares a place for me. I think that in a very short time doubt will leave you. You will start to see God for Who is really is, a loving Father who goes before you in all that you do.
Amplified Bible (AMP)
A Psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.
2 He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters.
3 He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him—not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake.
4 Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with [a]oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.
6 Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.
Today’s message is simple, walk with Jesus and you will always be in marvelous light, never fearing the darkness. I was in Sunday morning worship recently and I kept hearing, “walk with Me” over and over again. Then I felt on the following church service to take the 23rd Psalm and personalize it to fit in with the walk with me theme. I was so excited after I wrote it out. It showed clearly how much detail God puts into our daily lives.
If only we could take hold of the peace which comes from following after Jesus. He promises to lead us beside still waters and walk with us in green pastures. He also promises to sit us among our enemies at a feast and anoint us with oil. All these promises should lead us to a life of walking in peace and love. We should be content while walking with Jesus along the still waters and peaceful meadows. Why are we not allowing ourselves to dwell in this place of safety?
Who knows the true answer to this? Probably no one, there are probably a million answers to the reason we don’t walk in peace. We all can take our personal experiences and give an answer as to why we don’t trust in the 23rd Psalm and they would all make perfect sense. Walking in the green pastures and beside the still waters is a choice. Yes it’s a promise from God but it is up to us because of our free will we get to choose if we want to accept it. Below I have translated the 23rd Psalm as I felt I was hearing it. I pray it may speak to your heart and give you some insight into what God wants you to see in your walk with Him.
I am your Shepard, because of Me you will NOT lack. Walk with Me and see the green pastures. Walk with Me and let Me show you the still and restful waters. Walk with Me and I will refresh and restore you. Walk with Me in righteousness to honor My Father. Yes WE will walk through valleys of death but walk with Me and there will be no fear. I will protect you and give you comfort. Walk with Me to the table that has been set before you with your enemies. Walk with Me and I will anoint you with oil until your cup overflows. Walk with Me and you will only find goodness and mercy and unfailing love forever. Walk with Me to your dwelling place, My Fathers House.