At the end of a long day, everything in me just wants to turn on the TV and veg. It is mindless entertainment, and it passes the time until I can fall into bed. It also takes my thoughts and worries away for a little while and provides an escape of sorts. The problem is that watching TV is not truly restful. It doesn’t provide respite. I inevitably go to bed more drained and get up feeling behind before the day even begins.
Jesus talks about real rest: “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest…rest for your soul.” Rest for the soul, now that’s what I need! I don’t necessarily know that I need it, but it’s the only thing that truly provides rest.
So what exactly is “rest for the soul”? Put simply, it’s creating space in our day to be with God. The natural result of doing life in our culture is weariness and heaviness. The only way to combat those feelings is by being with Jesus, carving out a time into our day to read and pray. I can’t remember where I read it but this statement stuck with me a few years ago: “You do your own soul disservice if you do not read and pray daily.”
The Lie: watching TV is restful
The Truth: The only place to find true rest is in Jesus
“Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest…rest for your soul.” Matt 11:28