THE THEOLOGY OF REST

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Glad to be back after about an eight day break. The Morgan family spent Christmas in the snowy mountains away from phones, responsibility and the fast paced life I’m used too. We spent an entire week doing nothing but drinking cocoa, playing games and eating (and I feel no guilt). It was great to just relax. I’ll tell you more about it tomorrow, but here are a couple of things I learned on my break.

  1. It’s important for me to slow down for the purpose of reflection. Busyness is often my arch enemy. The older I get the more I realize that busyness often stunts my spiritual growth. As I’ve said before, if Satan can’t make you sin, I think he’ll be content with keeping you really busy. This past week I spent some time doing what others would call “wasting some time.” It has been a great reminder that I don’t always have to run, go, buy, help, serve, sign up … sometimes I just need to rest.
  2. I also needed to slow down for the purpose of enjoyment. I believe there is room in my theology for enjoying things that are fun. Part of the value of “slowing down” is rediscovering what leisure is all about (1 Timothy 6:17). Simply put, I needed to play and have some fun. I need to enjoy my wife, my children, my friends and the things God has blessed me with. I was reminded this week that I’m a very rich man. Rich with blessings.

I believe it was Oran Crain who wrote: “Slow me down, Lord. Remind me each day that the race is not always to the swift; That there is more to life than increasing it’s speed. Let me look upward into the branches of the towering oak and know that it grew great and strong because it grew slowly and well.”

Two questions I’ve hunted answers for…

  • Does God takes delight in seeing His children operating on the ragged edge?
  • Or can we learn something from Jesus who often snuck off to be alone on regular occasions (Mark 6:31-32)?

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  1. Tim Archer says:

    In my experience, there are two related concepts that I am uncomfortable with: rest/sabbath and silence. Is that a cultural thing?

  2. Falantedios says:

    1) Does God take delight in seeing his children operate on the ragged edge? – One of the very most impressive things to me about Jesus is his total lack of hurry. He knows who he is, he knows whose he is, he knows where he is going. “A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he ever early. He arrives precisely when he means to,” says Gandalf the Grey. I believe it hurts God’s heart to see his people rush and run from early to exhaustion, believing all the while that they are doing His will….

    2) Or can we learn something from Jesus who often snuck off to be alone on regular occasions?

    – Jesus sets the example for us in this as in everything. We are meant to function in the power of the Spirit, living by God’s gracious life-giving breath. When we try to live out of our own meager supply of life, we will find ourselves increasingly susceptible to spiritual malaise, illness, and awful danger. Eugene Peterson writes, “The impatience to leave the methods of Jesus in order to get the work of Jesus done is what destroys spirituality, because we’re using a non-Biblical, non-Jesus way to do what Jesus did.” In our divided world, where we have raised a wall of separation between the divine and everything else, it is only natural that we would continue dividing things never meant to be separated. One set of things so divided are ends and means. Holiness, salvation, evangelism, benevolence – we believe that as long as we have godly goals and we avoid immoral means, we can achieve great things with whatever means seems best to us. Achieving God’s purposes cannot be wholly done without following Jesus’ way of doing things.

    Discipline, silence, sabbath, prayer. These are the neglected paths, choked with the weeds of modern ways of doing things, that must be rediscovered for the church to do God’s work in the world we have now.

    in HIS love,
    Nick

  3. blogprophet says:

    welcome back. glad you had a good and restful trip

    brian

  4. Alan Gable says:

    Good stuff, Trey. One of the things about Sabbathing (that is taking a Sabbath rest) is that if you don’t do it deliberately, sometimes God will force it on you. Our bodies are designed for it. This is why a lot of accountants have lingering illnesses around late April and early May because they’ve been red-lining for 4 months or so. Ironically, you preachers seem to be a resilient bunch and able to last much longer without rest than us mere mortals. Glad you were able to take a break and welcome back to the web.

  5. Greg says:

    I made an intentional decision in 1993 NOT to become caught up in the pace of life in Southern California … to set my own pace and refuse to be hurried by the urgencies of others. Fifteen years later, I’ve kept my promise to myself … much to the consternation of others. I’m proud of you for taking some time off and focusing on family and freedom to relax. A sermon that literally turned my life around was one I did on the Sabbath Principle of resting in what God has done and learning to relax. One of the few sermon texts I actually kept from my 30 years of preaching.

  6. mmlace says:

    Glad to see that you’re back and to hear that you had a nice, relaxing, and restful vacation!

  7. Mommysmart says:

    I am so happy that you and your family had some R&R. Happy New Year!

  8. TREY MORGAN says:

    Tim – I do think it’s a cultural thing. It’d make a great sermon.

    Nick – you do such a great job with your comments. Thanks for taking time to leave them. They are always rich with wisdom.

    Brian – Thanks for watching my back :)

    Alan – Great point. How many times has God slowed us down for our own good? Do you think that is what God was doing when he touched Jacob’s hip and crippled him?

    Greg – I’ve heard a few of your sermons (excellent), I’m sure that one was great too.

  9. Timbra Wiist Owner/Photographer says:

    turtle wisdom: mike says the reason tortoises live so darn long is because they move so slowly. . . can we take a lesson from that? glad you’re “back” and well rested! i’m back, but if you’ve read any of my last four blogs, you know that “rested” is not what we got on our “vacation.”

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