Ezra 8:31-32 NIV 2011
On the twelfth day of the first month we set out from the Ahava Canal to go to Jerusalem. The hand of our God was on us, and he protected us from enemies and bandits along the way. So we arrived in Jerusalem, where we rested three days.
The last four chapters of the book of Ezra, a priest, describe his return to Jerusalem and the reform needed in the people. King Artaxerxes granted permission for God’s people to return to Jerusalem. The temple was rebuilt and ready for worship. God was with them just as He was during the temple’s rebuilding, Ezra 5:5, “But the eye of their God was watching over the elders of the Jews…” God offers rest to those in need. Psalm 62:1, “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.” God uses the means He choses bringing rest to His steadfast people.
God created for six days and rested on the seventh. He gave us His model to pause and rest. There are some nights when rest does not come easy. It is those nights when I turn to Him recalling many of His attributes and praising Him for them. I have yet to run out attributes before my breathing eases and I drift off to be refreshed by sleep. Rest refreshes the soul and restoration to our bodies. I choose daily to rest in Him alone.
When does God offer us rest?
Ready to rest,