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At times when I write these devotions, I feel I am talking to myself or writing to myself. Taking time to rest is essential for every believer, for to rest is to be renewed and strengthened. Now let me also warn you. In taking time to rest, know what that means, it does not imply being lazy or carefree. It means time to be revived. Rest is for those who are working to give God their best. When we rest, we recharge ourselves to go further in our journey with the Lord. Prayerfully, you are one who has taken the time to rest, and you are now moving forward doing what God has called you to do. However, while you are waiting for that rest period, continue to be used by the Lord. The scripture reference today is Hebrews 4:10.

“For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world.”

In this moving passage, we see God’s promise for rest for His people. God Himself rested on the seventh day. The Master says, “Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” Rest is also for those who are carrying out the Word of the Lord. What the writer of Hebrews is saying is that we should all continue to do our best and take advantage of rest as we serve the Lord. A greater reward of rest comes when the Lord calls us home. There are two rest periods: when we labor for the Lord. Secondly, we are blessed to receive a resting place that is eternal. May we strive for both.