April 2021 Devotion

REST AND RECOVERY

It is a struggle to die to ourselves. Since this such a tremendously difficult thing to achieve, we like to stay in that horrible place once we have arrived. Some ministries are so difficult that we have to be in the right mindset just to endure the fire. This wrong if the Lord is commanding us to rest.

It is in these moments when the warrior can become frustrated or upset.

Why is God making me sit on the sidelines?

What did I do that was wrong?

Am I being obedient or did I walk away from the battle before it was time?

Why won’t He simply ioll me with the energy required for this ministry so that I have no need for a rest?

How can I die to myself when I am resting?

We must accept the situation that we are in as God’s will. We may be in the Father’s permissive rather than His perfect will; however, He understands the situation completely. If we are attempting to control the situation, we are not completely surrendered to Christ We must retreat and rest when He commands.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

If God is calling you out of the fire for a short recess or a reassignment, accept His loving direction. Rest when He provides the opportunity. The more we fuss and fight, the longer we are required to recharge. We cannot live on adrenalin, caffeine, and simple carbohydrates. Ministry is a marathon – not a sprint. Seasons of rest are designed to reconnect us with God. They are also used for advanced training and discipleship.

Veteran warriors are very precious to the LORD. He has no desire to see us rust out or burnout. We must recognize that He is in charge of our lives We must choose to surrender our calendars completely to the Almighty.

“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with you hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12)