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Route 66 Week Six
Welcome to week 6 in the Route 66 series. I am thankful that you are here. We have covered a lot of information from this series, and I want to get started on the next point in this series. “Don’t forget to rest along the way.”
When we take a road trip we usually plan ahead. Either way, if we plan it all out or not, we always need food and drink along the way as we travel. Either we take it with us, or we stop along the way to get it. If we do not keep our body nourished and our thirst quenched, then we begin to get tired and will have to stop quicker than we normally would. Granted, we need rest but if we do not eat and drink, we tire out earlier than we normally would. Therefore, we must Remember to stop and rest, eat, and get something to drink.
2 Thessalonians 3:13 says but ye, Brethren, be not weary in well doing. The Bible goes on to say in
Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
As we travel, we must remember to take time out to rest, and nourish our bodies and our souls. We must refresh ourselves in the Lord. Just like our natural bodies need nourishment, our souls need spiritual nourishment as well. If we want to reach our final destination of Heaven, then we must not faint on the journey.
Exodus 31:17 says It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.
Now if our Lord God worked six days and then rested, who are we not to do the same to refresh our bodies. He states this principle in several books of the Bible, not just here in Exodus. Even Jesus rested.
In Matthew 15 the Bible talks about his experience with the scribes and Pharisees in Jerusalem. They questioned him and interrogated Him. Also, during this time, a woman came to him asking him to heal her daughter. After he spoke with this woman the word of God says in Matthew 15:29 And Jesus departed from thence and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain and sat down there.
I can only imagine the burden he carried as he walked in the perfect will of God.
Jesus even took time to rest on the boat in Matthew 8:24. In this scripture Jesus was asleep in the boat and there was a storm going on around the boat. The account of this situation found in Mark 4:38-39 said Jesus was in a hinder part of the ship , asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
That means he hid himself away to sleep. In this scripture when the men on the boat came to Jesus and he got up, Jesus commanded the storm saying “Peace, Be still.” This lets me know that we do not need to worry, we can rest even in the storm.
The word of God captures other times where he separated himself from everyone and sat down or rested or prayed. We also find several scriptures throughout the Bible where Jesus fed the multitude and ate with the disciples.
So, we must remember to take time along this journey to stop, rest and eat both physically and spiritually to keep us strong in our walk.
1. Do you you’re your time set aside to rest, pray and seek God’s face to be spiritually filled, and nourished? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
2. During those times what are some things you do to draw closer to God? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
3. What are some things you can do that you have not done before? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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