Finding rest in God is not always an easy task. In fact, it often takes more effort than simply being miserable all on our own.
Being miserable comes naturally. We know how to eat our feelings, complain to our people, numb our pain with Netflix.
What we aren’t naturally good at doing is relying on God. We read verses that say “my burden in light…come to me and I’ll give you rest’ and we aren’t quite sure what to do with it.
How exactly can he lighten our burden and give us rest when we are so exhausted and overwhelmed? How exactly do we find our rest in God?
Lucky for you, it may not be as hard as you think.
3 Steps to Letting God Give you Rest.
Recognize your burden
Often when I’m feeling overwhelmed with life, I’m not quite sure what exactly is causing the feeling. The feeling is just there. So the first step to letting God give you rest is asking him to reveal to you what exactly is burdening you.
Is it a fear about your child’s upcoming school year?
Is it an anger at your spouse that you feel guilty about so you pretend it doesn’t exist?
What exactly is the root cause of your “burden”?
Find Scripture that addresses this issue
Once you know what is stressing you out, do a quick google search and find some scriptures that talk through this issue. I also have a list of scriptures for you to download at the bottom of this post.
After you find 2 or 3 scriptures, try rewriting them in your own words careful to not change the meaning. Rewriting helps make sure you actually understand what the verse means. Then put the verse in a visible place for you to see throughout your day.
Release your burden
Now that you’ve identified your burden and understand what God says about it, it is time to hand it over to God.
I like to physically pretend the burden is in my hands, and I lift it up to God. Using your imagination for times like this is helpful!
But how you release the burden is not as important as you actually taking the time to sit down and give your burden over to God.
You’ll be tempted to simply think about releasing this struggle or simply pray about releasing this struggle. But don’t stop with just thinking and praying. Actually release your struggle into the care of God’s hand. Finding rest in God depends on you truly releasing this struggle and letting God take care of it.
Eventually this will become second nature, but when you first start, plan on repeating step 3 several times a day.
Overall, finding rest in God takes a little bit of retraining and some effort, but it provides relief in a way food and Netflix never can. Take some time today to sit with God, identify your burden, figure out what God says about it, and release your struggle to God. Then enjoy the benefit of God’s provision of rest and peace in your life.