Idleness can be defined as inactivity, lethargy, and denial of purpose. Rest is different from idleness. When you are idle, you do nothing and you are not resting either.
When you are idle, your thoughts wander everywhere without direction and the devil will try to use it. You see, the devil is very active in leading you to sin and killing your productivity.
Can lying on the sofa and watching Netflix be considered rest? No. While there is nothing wrong with watching TV shows, this sort of activity often does not truly refresh your soul or body. It has the potential to drain you and keep your mind engaged in unwanted thoughts.
As Christians, we are called to glorify God in everything. Does your entertainment choice glorify God? Will you spend the time the way you do today if today is the day of Christ's return?
Some of us consider vain chatter and gossip as relaxation techniques. This is not true. It is good to have nice conversations with friends and families as a means of refreshment and relationship building, but that is not the same as vain chatter and gossip. Vain talks and gossips have no good purpose and do not glorify God.
What talks can you avoid during your break time in the office or college? Do you get involved in gossip and rumours?
Lazy people always find reasons to justify their laziness. Rest cannot be used as an excuse for laziness. Work and rest are God’s ideas. Rest glorifies God, as it proves your dependence on Him for all your needs and wants. Rest acknowledges that God is in control and gives Him the glory. This is not the same as laziness. Laziness can be defined as the unwillingness to act or do what God wants you to do.
Ezekiel 16:49-Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
God is the one carrying us through the journey of life. We need not carry the burdens of worry, fear, anxiety and fear. We can do our best with God’s help, cast our cares and burdens over Him and relax. We must leave the results to Him who is in control of everything.
We can rest by spending quiet time with God. Just sitting in His presence and listening to what He speaks to your soul and admiring His works can be one of the best refreshments you can have.
Resting in God means trusting that God knows what is best for you and believing that He would work all things for your good. Trust is the opposite of fear. Resting is trusting in God’s power.
7The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.8Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.9He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.10Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.11The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
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