There are 101 things you’d probably like to rest from. How about startint with a rest from the battle.
The word battle assumes some kind of enemy. Do you have any enemies?
Here’s what came up on Google when I typed in “definition enemy:”
“Someone actively opposed or hostile to someone or something… a thing that harms or weakens something else… Phrases: to be one’s own worst enemy–act in a way contrary to one’s own interests.”Google
Is there anyone like that in your life? Or maybe a voice in your head critiquing every single thing you do to the point that it feels like you’re doing battle and maybe not doing it well?
Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone just dismiss the enemy and those judgey voices?
Wouldn’t it be nice to really believe that:
“The Lord has taken away the judgements against you, he has cleared away your enemies.”Zephaniah 4:15 ESV
Cleared away. Dismissed. Canceled. Sent packing.
That’s what God can do to that voice in your head, whether it comes from you or something or someone working against you.
This isn’t a promise that just ignores your mistakes or smooths over your deep wounds with some superficial bandage. God is taking into account all the problems his people have had, are having, and will have because they simply would not trust and obey.
The original recipients of these words preferred over and over to do it their way, or copy some else’s~to dabble with their enemies and end up trapped. They were their own worst enemies and they had plenty of other enemies ready to jump in and take advantage of the situation.
Zephaniah is a book about judgement and consequences with a warning and with the promise that:
The Lord is with you, you will no longer fear disaster… Do not be afraid, do not let your hands hang limp. The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will rejoice over you with joy, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.Zephaniah 4:16-18
There is a rest to be had in leaving the battle to God. In listening to the voice of Jesus who calls us friends and invites us to come to him for rest.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest… for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.Matthew 11:28-29 ESV
It’s a soul rest because, even though Jesus knows everything and has power, he calls himself humble and gentle. He is safe. We can leave our enemies to him.