Double, double toil and trouble. –Macbeth Act 4, Scene 1

5 Sep

Galilee at rest

The other day a friend wrote me the following Facebook message:

Why is it so challenging just to REST IN HIM? When the Lord dropped this love for me in [my husband’s] heart, he saw a picture of me, toiling….toiling…for a long time, and the Lord told him He wants to give me rest. I’m learning, Sue, but I fear I have walked so long with a toiling, striving attitude that rest is not an easy thing to learn. Does that make sense? The Lord has simply been challenging us to “believe.” “Receive.”

The Hebrew word for toil means the obvious labor and hard work, but carries the sense of pain in the meaning.  It can also mean “idol.”  I know it is easy for me to make an idol out of toiling.  God’s Word tells us:

In vain you rise early
and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
for he grants sleep to those he loves.

Psalm 127:2 NIV

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