Main Scriptures: Gen.2:1-2
More Scriptures: Heb.4:4, Mk.6:31, Gen.1:26
Yesterday, the Person of the Holy Spirit helped us to understand that your life and my life as shepherds is dear to God and He is committed to protecting us. More importantly as husbands, we must not be in hurry to leave this world, if not for anything but for the implementation of God’s agenda in the lives of our flock. Today, let us consider the place of rest. Did you know that as the head of the family and the shepherd of your sheep fold that you need to take time out to rest? Rest is a very important demand that your body needs. Yes, it is true that you have so much to do and you have targets to meet.
But you must understand that taking a few days off your busy schedule to rest is not a sin and does not make you a lazy husband and leader. The Scripture tells us that God, the Creator of the whole universe, a Worker, rested after creation. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made, and HE RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY from all his work which he had made (Gen.2:1-2). If you are truly created in the image and likeness of God (Gen.1:26), then you will have to do what He did. God chose a time to rest. He chose the seventh day. Yours may be any day or time, but it is needed if you want to enjoy health and vitality.
Jesus Christ, the Perfect example of how husbands are commanded to act, rested. And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. And he said unto them, come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and REST A WHILE …… (Mk.6:30-31). But what happens when you take a well deserved rest as a husband? Firstly, your mind is renewed. Secondly, your body is energized. Thirdly, your vision to see into the future becomes clearer. Fourthly, you are refreshed. Jesus speaking admonishes us to always watch and pray. As you pray for long life, balance it with a restful lifestyle. Also watch what you eat. As it is often said, you are what you eat. Your body is the temple of the living God; don’t make it a dumping ground for toxic and unhealthy foods.
· Father, by Your Spirit, fill me with Your wisdom to live a healthy life.
· Father, by Your Spirit, teach me how to be restful in my life’s journey.
· Father, empower me to refuse unhealthy eating habits and help me to eat right and well.
I walk in divine wisdom as I take time to rest and eat well, because I am committed to be a living husband to my wife and children in Jesus mighty name. Amen.