In your everyday life, you must strive to find rest in God.
Otherwise you take the weight of the world on your shoulders and let me tell you, that’s a battle you are certainly going to lose.
What does it mean to find rest in God?
It means resting in God while you do your daily work.
A lot of people misunderstand the phrase ‘to find rest in God’ to mean that they fold their hands, sit back and retire from work.
No, it doesn’t mean that. In fact, the scenario above defines laziness. And the bible sternly warns us against becoming lazy.
Instead, to find rest in God means not worrying about anything while you do what you have to do. You are relaxed as you go about your daily hassle, trusting God to take care of you.
It’s important to find rest in God because only then can he make a move in your life. God won’t compete with you. So while you are struggling to make everything happen on your own, he’ll sit back and watch you.
But as soon as you cast your care on him, let him know and show him that you trust him for your provision, then he’ll take care of you.
So how do you find rest in God?
- Step #1: Read his word
By now you should know that God’s word is the ultimate truth. You can’t successfully maneuver through life outside of his word and his counsel.
Read my post on a simple healthy lifestyle requires spirituality.
Immerse yourself in the word and let it carve itself into your heart. Live by it. Things might seem impossible but that’s according to your understanding, which is far from sufficient.
Proverbs 3 v 5: Trust in the Lord with all you heart. Never rely on what you think you know. (GNB)
Proverbs 3 v 5: Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. (MSG)
Proverbs 3 v 5: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (KJV)
Those are just three translations of the same verse. There are many more translations for your convenience so you can find rest in God.
If you have trouble understanding the bible, read my post on 6 easy tips to help you understand your bible.
- Step #2: Pray
All along I’ve been making the mistake of lumping prayer and word study into one step.
But there are a lot of people who diligently and faithfully read the word, but then fail to pray, hence I’m putting prayer on its own category.
Prayer is effective because it’s your communication with God. Find rest in God by asking for his help.
Remember that prayer is a two way street. So remember to listen to what God is saying instead of you talking the entire time.
Read my post on 10 easy tips to improve your prayer life.
Also read this post on 5 ways to position yourself to hear from God.
- Step #3: Be productive
This is a very important step.
Like I said earlier, to find rest in God doesn’t mean to be inactive or to cease working. It means to trust God while you are working.
Now, we must remember to be productive at all times. Productivity is not only important when you are doing your office job, or your studying. It’s also important and applicable in your leisure time.
So, do the best you can in the job that pays your bills, and do the best you can in your leisure time. Do your day job, and in your leisure time, entertain yourself in the word, meditating on it until God’s promise of rest echoes in every fiber of your being.
Read my post on 8 effective but simple strategies to be productive.
Also read my post on this is what you didn’t know about meditation.
- Step #4: Remove money as an issue
I know money is at the center of everything, and is the cause of stress for most people. But it’s very possible to live a simple healthy lifestyle with less than what you are spending right now.
Don’t be one of those people who work themselves to the bone just so they can afford unnecessary expenses.
Lead a minimalistic life that removes money as an issue and you’ll definitely find rest in God. Don’t be obsessed with money because that’s a burden that will separate you from God.
Hebrews 13 v 5: Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never leave you; I will never abandon you.” (GNB)
Read my post on here’s the truth you didn’t know about money so you can know the real place of money in your life.
Step #5: Be of service to others
Reaching out to others always works the trick of making you less self-absorbed.
Sometimes you think you are struggling, and then you take one look at someone else’s life and you realize there are people with bigger problems out there.
So, in your journey to find rest in God, focus less on yourself and more on others. Give whatever you think you don’t have enough of; your money, your time, your resources. This will make you feel richer and more fortunate.
Read my tips on 8 important tips to be more generous.
Step #6: Find a support system
You will remember that a simple healthy lifestyle requires healthy relationships.
Your support system must be people who love God. They must have found rest in God or aiming to find rest in God.
Your support system can’t be that pessimistic friend who worries about every little thing.
But it can be your family, your work colleagues, your friends, or your local church.
Step #7: Be grateful
This is very important. When you are trying to find rest in God, it’s easy to become selfish and think all about yourself and what you are trying to achieve.
Realize at this very moment that you already have God’s blessings with you. You are alive and that’s more important than anything else. Be grateful for that and many more things that are going on in your life.
I have a post on are you aware of God’s blessings for you?
Take it a step further by being grateful for your challenges because they teach you a lot.
If you read the word of God, you’ll notice that he calls for us to be grateful.
Philippians 4 v 6: Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. (GNB)
So, instead of complaining in your prayers, offer thanksgiving to God who continues to give us more than we deserve. Gratitude is a virtue we all must work hard to possess.
The final word
We need to strive to find rest in God. It’s the only way we’ll survive this hyperactive, stressed world.
Let’s not be lazy but do all that the word says we must do to find rest in God. Then we’ll have the kind of peace we won’t even be able to explain to those around us, and we can help them achieve that peace too.
Thank you for reading this post. What are your own steps to find rest in God? Please share with us by commenting.