Pastor Jeff Knott begins a new series “God Wants Us to Have a Sabbath Heart” with “Sabbath Heart”:
We have a contemporary beatitude “Blessed are the busy.” It’s part of the illusion that we can do it all.
There’s a cost to busyness. Pastor Mark Buchanan says, “Busyness makes us stop caring about the things we care about.”
When we’re busy, something or someone gets missed.
As a way of being, busyness can be harmful because busyness kills the heart.
St. Augustine said, “You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until it rests in You.”
We find our lives when we’re in a relationship with the One who is the reason behind everything. I only know who I am when I’m in a relationship with the great I AM.
You will always be restless until your life finds itself under the umbrella who is God.
There’s a longing that’s never filled, there’s a desire that’s never satisfied, there’s a need that’s never met, there’s a promise that’s never realized when you are out of connection with God.
“Be still and know that He is God.” We may know Him intellectually, but do you know Him at the heart level where we can actually be still?
What if we made our ability to rest the measure of our knowledge of God?
Restlessness enters the world as a result of the disconnect of the human heart from God’s heart. Rest is a heart issue.
We inherited from our first parents a restless heart.
Rest is an internal struggle – it’s a struggle of the heart.
We’re disconnected at the heart level from the One who is the only One who can offer us true rest.
We never have the resources within ourselves to truly rest because the heart we inherited is living under the delusion that life depends on us; that restless heart believes that it can do it all.
We say, “Life happens because I make it happen” or “If I don’t, it won’t.” It’s a pride issue.
You can’t count on your health, you can’t count on your finances, you can’t count on your future.
To truly rest we need to know there’s a big God who can carry the world. You can trust Him and rest in that trust.
Rest is a faith issue – do you trust God enough to stop and just be?
We’re finding spaces and rhythm of rest in our lives where the heart is capable of finding all it needs in the One who created the heart; a heart that knows how to be still and know he is God and not us.
“Watch over your heart with all diligence for from it flows the springs of life.”
Watch for temptations, distractions, over-information, competing agendas. The counter of these is Sabbath – to create some space to allow Him room to speak.
There really is a rest for our souls where we can stop, take a deep breath and know that we are God’s children and that we are in the centre of His will.
There is a place of refuge for your soul.
What could you do this week to guard your heart?