Day 11

Give Thanks in Rest

from the Give Thanks reading plan


Numbers 6:22-27, Exodus 20:8-11, Micah 4:1-5, Luke 10:38-42, John 14:27, Hebrews 4:9-11

BY Guest Writer

Scripture Reading: Numbers 6:22-27, Exodus 20:8-11, Micah 4:1-5, Luke 10:38-42, John 14:27, Hebrews 4:9-11

I’m the person who makes an itinerary for vacation. I resist the urge to print or laminate anything, but I almost always create a list. I do it, partly to get the most fun out of a trip, and partly because I feel awful when I don’t accomplish things. Even on vacation, I feel the need to be “productive.”

That is why I am shaken by Jesus’s words, “I do not give to you as the world gives” (John 14:27). Lately, I’ve been noticing that what the world gives me isn’t worth what it wants in return. The world asks me to hand over my time, energy, and talents in return for a tiny piece of a fading empire. And the world is never satisfied. When I give her my best, even sacrificing my health and desires, her admiration lasts but mere moments. She always wants more from me.

Early on in life, I learned to chase what the world could provide. I became a planner and an achiever. I found my worth in accomplishments, however fleeting the reward. I forgot how to be still. But the lesson I’ve been learning is that I will never find peace in the way of the world.

Are you like me? Have you believed the lie of the world, that it will give you happiness if you just try harder? The message of Jesus is completely contrary to the message of the world. While the world promises happiness it will never deliver, Jesus pledges peace from His Spirit. While the world asks us to scramble like rats on a wheel, our Father God asks us to stop and rest.

We all want joy and peace, but few of us listen to the Lord’s guidance on how to get it. From the very beginning of time, God clearly commanded men and women to rest. Six days the Lord labored, and on the seventh, He rested (Exodus 20:11). He instructed His people to do the same, blessing the Sabbath day. Of all the Ten Commandments, I think our culture downplays this one the most.

Even within Christian culture, we can confuse our worth with our work. Serving others is honorable, but when you can’t stop for even a day, you are listening to the voice of the world.

The almighty Creator didn’t need to rest from His work because He was weak, tired, or spent, and yet He chose to do just that. As bearers of His image, our souls were created to mirror the Lord in all things, including rest. God allows us—even commands us—to rest.

The world is a lousy gift giver. No matter what it offers us, what we really need can be found in the arms of the Father. God calls us into the rhythm He established at the formation of all things. It’s a rhythm good for our souls. The Son of God invites us to Himself, saying, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Let’s give thanks today for Christ’s restful way that leads to peace.

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Kaitie Stoddard is a professional counselor who recently relocated from Chicago to Colorado with her husband. She has her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and is passionate about helping couples and families find healing in their relationships. On any given weekend you’re likely to find Kaitie snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains, checking out new restaurants with friends, or catching up on her favorite Netflix and podcast series.

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81 thoughts on "Give Thanks in Rest"

  1. Lucy Wann says:

    I just read this today, because I was wondering why She Reads Truth rest on the Sabbath 7th day. I am an Adventist and am realigning myself with the word of God and His plan for His children. I loved this post and know that God create the Sabbath in the beginning for our purpose. He knew we needed to tune the world out and tune Him in. For me growing up as a Sabbath keeper we would spend time with family, go to parks, laugh and visit with one another. It was a super special time that I will always cherish. My family is grown now and I am learning how to enjoy it in other ways, but it is God’s Holy day that He created for us. He loves us that much! Happy Sabbath She Reads Truth and Kaitie. By the way Kaitie, I always enjoy your blogs! God Bless!

  2. Charis Haschig says:

    This is so relevant to me in my season, and it feels like something I could have wrote. With all my achievement and accomplishment seeking tendencies, the Father has been teaching me that I will only ever have peace, rest, and joy in his arms…and I don’t have to do a thing to get there. What amazing grace!

  3. Courtney says:

    I struggle with what is rest supposed to look like…reading, watching tv, walking, spending time with family, self care, etc. How do we determine what is truly the rest God has for us?

    1. Kristen Neely says:

      Courtney, I struggle with this as well. It’s so hard. Something new that hit me today (and has a few times recently in life and this study) is when Katie says, “We can confuse our worth with our work.” I think, at least for me, part of my Sabbath needs to be a time of refocusing on the person of God, and the work that He has already done on the cross and in my life. I am praying if I can center myself on that Truth, He will help guide me to what rest may look like, and I have a feeling it would change week to week.

  4. Lauren M says:

    Hard for me personally as a mom of an almost 2 year old and a teacher. Some days, like yesterday, I sat down for maybe 10minutes from 9am to about 4pm. Literally going going going. It was a Sunday. I need to take time to truly rest and rest in the Lord.

  5. Kari says:

    This came just at the right time. The right second. It’s almost eerie! Thank you for writing this, Kaitie. God has spoke to me through your words!

  6. Carrie Browning says:

    So good! Hard for me personally, but I’m a work in progress…

  7. Allison Burggraff says:

    Needed to read this truth today! I am in a season of “pruning”; casting off the things that are unnecessary, so that I can spend time doing the things that really matter.

  8. AnneLyn P says:

    Praising God with you! And the angels.

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