Daily Reading & Prayer

Rest Up

December 17, 2021


2 Timothy 4:19-22Hebrews 1:1-4:13Hebrews 4:1 “Therefore, since the promise of entering His rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it.”


How much sleep do you get on a regular basis? Chances are, the answer is “Not enough!” According to a study performed by the CDC, more than one-third of Americans get far less than seven hours a night. So, why is getting enough rest so difficult? Could it be because our culture is all about “the next”? When will my NEXT paycheck come? What will my NEXT career move be? Will I be able to pay my mortgage NEXT month? Will my child have trouble making friends at their new school NEXT year?When we focus too much on the NEXT rather than the NOW, it can cause us a lot of unnecessary anxiety and stress. It clouds our judgment and keeps us from living out our best today. So how do we find proper rest amid a life that pushes us to try and figure everything out in advance? We pause and remember the life-giving Source who directs our course — Jesus. In Him, we find true rest because He’s already in tomorrow, and He’s got it covered!The “next” time you begin to worry, stop in the “now, “ and remember that Jesus is in control. He holds your life in the palm of His hand and will guide you through whatever is “next.” Today, find rest in Him and, as promised in Isaiah 40:31, “renew your strength, run and do not grow weary, walk and do not be faint!”



Dear God, Help me to rest in the NOW. Remind me that I can trust You with each second of every day on this earth. I choose to not worry about what tomorrow will bring but to focus on the things You want to show me today. Amen.

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