But in the seventh year the land is to have a year of sabbath rest, a sabbath to the Lord. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards.- Leviticus 25:4 (NIV)
Today’s verse might seem like a weird choice. And yes, on the surface, it is a little strange. But let’s look a little deeper at what it’s saying. Today’s verse talks about something the nation of Israel did every seven years. Instead of planting that year, they didn’t. They rested.
Can you imagine that?
Instead of working hard, doing as much as they could, they rested. So how does this apply to you? Well, do you trust God? Do you trust him with your friendships? Can you trust that He will bring the right person to marry into your life one day? Do you trust Him with your future plans?
Often, it’s easier to trust in ourselves. We think it’s up to us to make it happen. And yes, we shouldn’t be lazy or not study hard in school. But when it comes to something big that God is calling you to, it’s really not all about you. You’re probably not smart enough to do what God has called you to do. You’re probably not fully qualified to do the things He’s put on your heart.
So instead of trying to do everything in your own strength, decide to rest like the nation of Israel. Rest knowing that God has your future covered. You can rest knowing that God is going to bring you the right person to marry. You don’t have to work trying to find the right person to date or force a relationship to work. Instead, you can trust God.
By resting, we say God, I know that you are the one who is going to bring it to pass in my life. I’m not going to be lazy, but I am going to rest. I’m going to do what you say to do. Then I’m leaving everything else to you.
That’s what rest looks like for us. It’s doing what God says and then trusting in Him to bring it to pass in our lives.
So today, challenge yourself to rest. Rest knowing that you serve a good God who is well able to bring what you need into your life.