Day 9

God chose Moses to lead a mass exodus of Israelites from their bondage in Egypt and take them hundreds of miles, by foot, to an unknown “promise land.” The number of Israelites! The miles to be covered! The hardships anticipated! Oh my! I think we can all imagine how overwhelmed Moses must have felt. At one point, he prayed for God to show him how Divine grace would cover him during this daunting leadership role. God’s promised proof may surprise you: My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. God didn’t say, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you supernatural power,” or “My presence will go with you and I will give you supernatural wisdom.” A key sign of God’s Divine favor on Moses was rest! And come to think about it, that is pretty miraculous. How in the world could Moses find rest with the daily physical, emotional, and mental demands? How could he rest his mind enough to sleep? How could his heart be at rest with the intimidating task in front of him? God promised to miraculously give Moses rest. We’re not sure what that looked like, but we can be assured God fulfilled his promise to Moses. He wants you to have rest, too. God knows the human need for rest - rest for our weary bodies, minds, and souls. You not only have permission to rest, it is commanded of you by your Creator - the One who knows what we need more than anyone. God works all things together for our good. If you are in the camp of Americans who have been forced to shut down, God will use the distancing and slowing down to give you a much-needed rest, an extended Sabbath. If you are in the camp of Americans who are busier than ever because of COVID-19, whisper a prayer to the Rest-Giver and receive the miraculous gifts of His presence AND rest.

Pray Psalm 23:

The Lord is my shepherd;

I shall not want.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside the still waters.

He restores my soul;

He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil;

For You are with me;

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

You anoint my head with oil;

My cup runs over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

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