Does it feel like it would be easier to find a needle in a haystack than it would be finding rest in 2020? You would think that it would be the other way around but for some reason pastors are working harder during this pandemic than they were before. You can’t use statistics to prove any point because church attendance across the nation is divided so much that it is hard to compare notes from church to church. In the same towns across America, there are churches who are at 90% attendance next to churches who have not met together since the initial shutdown in March. Regardless of where your church is and what your attendance is, I would bet that even you are working even harder than you were before the COVID-19 pandemic. Why is that? Rest should be easy. It should be like a second nature to you. Sabbath has been forgotten though. The fourth commandment, “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy,” has not been abused…it has almost been erased! No wonder pastors are leaving the ministry in droves! How do we fight this? Easy. Find “rest.” There are two people in the Bible I want to highlight here. One you might expect whereas the other, not so much. Let us start with the one you are most familiar with: Jesus.
Jesus lived at rest wherever He went. Consider when Jesus and His disciples were on the boat in Mark chapter 4. A storm arose out of nowhere and overcame the disciples. Jesus slept. Verse 38 specifically said he was asleep with His head on a cushion. So, not only was he asleep as the boat was rocking, he was comfortably asleep. They (the disciples) had to wake Him up! Can you imagine that?! Being at rest so much that you could sleep through tumultuous waves AND rain?! I don’t know about you but I think the rain would wake me up. Regardless of what I would do, Jesus was at peace before, during, and after a furious uprising of His surroundings. He knew where His peace was and He lived in it. He taught His disciples that, so why aren’t we at rest then?
The other person I want to point to was Enoch. Before you think, “Why Enoch?” you need to think about the conditions of the world at the time he lived. Enoch was the seventh generation from Adam through Seth. The world was riddled with wickedness in both man and beast and the whole of the earth thought only evil…continuously. Through all of this, Enoch was able to walk in a habitual fellowship with the Lord. Could you imagine that? Everywhere you look, everywhere you turn all you saw was evil and people doing and thinking evil. Could you find peace? Could you find rest? Enoch did, which means one thing: it is possible for you to do the same.
Finding rest in a pandemic is easier than you think. The first thing you have to do is change the way you think. Nothing is impossible. Most things that feel impossible are only so because you believe them to be. Belief is a powerful weapon both for and against you. Think about it…if all you have to do is “believe” in order for salvation to be received, then how much more incredible would your life be if you believe that you can indeed do all things? If you did, then rest for you would be easy regardless of what surrounds you. Now, instead of coming up with a list of impossible things, why not look at life differently and try to live according to how Jesus did? Look at what seems impossible and be the change that turns your world around.