Some women balance the demands of work or a calling with extraordinary grace. They calmly endure crises with joy, they patiently wait for God to act when things go awry, and they confidently navigate numerous daily pressures.
Then some of us panic, burn ourselves out striving while we work, and worry ourselves into fitful nights without sleep.
In many seasons, I have experienced peace while working hard. But in others, work demands and seemingly impossible tasks threatened to steal all joy. So I have asked myself, “How do I work without striving so I can still experience internal rest and peace while I work? How do I push forward through the day and face its demands without becoming a victim of panic or worry?”
In his study on Hebrews, John MacArthur writes this: “Rest does not mean free from all nuisances and hassles; it means freedom from being so easily bothered by them. Rest means to be inwardly quiet, composed, peaceful. To enter God’s rest means to be at peace with God (Romans 5:1) to possess the perfect peace He gives (Isaiah 26:3)…Rest involves remaining confident, keeping trust. In other words, to rest in something or someone means to maintain our confidence in it or him.”*
Internal rest is found in belief and trust in God—even while we work. Belief that God’s promises are true, that He is who He says He is, and trust that we are enveloped in His power and lavish love to accomplish all that concerns us.
Remember, the one who hears God’s promises but does not believe them is not the one who experiences internal rest. People who do not believe and trust cannot rest while they work even if they want to. Because of their unbelief, they are always driven to striving, worry, panic, or restlessness.
Do you want to experience internal rest and peace while you work? Choose to trust God today and tell Him you know He has all things that concern your life and work under His control.
Let Him carry your burdens.
“We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”
(I Thessalonians 1:3)
Do you have fears you need to take to God so you can experience the peace He promises?
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