Weekly Devotional: Rest in Silence

By Taylor Browne

Woman rests and gazes outside

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Mathew 11:28

Right now, the world is silent, some would say.

Rest is becoming a lost art in today’s modern culture — it has become a foreign word to many. We often get sucked into our day-to-day routine and easily get overwhelmed with the distractions of life. We are constantly in a rush to go somewhere or are always looking ahead rather than being present.

The speed of life has come to a sudden standstill and God is using this time to give us rest. When was the last time you sat in silence? When was the last time you put down your phone, opened up your Bible and rested in the presence of God?

When Jesus sent His disciples off on a specific ministry assignment in Mark 6:7-11, He didn’t say it would be easy or restful at all. His disciples were called to “go” and spread the news of His kingdom, to preach His word and heal — this was quite the opposite of restful. God knew they would be exhausted physically, emotionally and even spiritually. After coming back from their tiring journey, people would still be “on the go,” enough that the disciples “did not even have time to eat” (v. 31).

So God called His disciples to rest (Mathew 11:28). And right now, God is calling the entire world to rest. He is saying, “Here’s what you’re going to do, guys. You’ve been through a lot. You have a lot on your plate. But for now…rest. Come and rest. At least for a little while.”

Truth for Today

The next time you need a reminder that God calls you to rest, lean on the truth of Scripture:

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Mathew 11:29-30

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters.” – Psalm 23:1-2

Remember, Reflect and Respond

Remember God calls us to rest. Rest in God’s presence and enjoy the moments of silence. Listen to what God is speaking into your life right now. Reflect on His desire for us to prioritize rest for ourselves. Lastly, respond. Set aside quiet time to read your Bible, a devotional or pray.

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