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Day 18: "Shalom Rest" - Journey To Shalom
Have you ever felt like God is asking too much of you and the work He has called you to is more than you can do? How can you find rest in the midst of a mission that seems impossible? “Let me teach you how to rest…” Jesus speaks with gentleness to the weary soul working hard for the kingdom. Being on mission in full surrender to the kingdom is supposed to be the most rewarding calling, but if we are not careful about our motives, it can become the most exhausting calling. God never intended for the labor in His kingdom to drive us so hard we can barely function and we lose joy and forget the “why” behind our work. Yes, God did promise that if we live the life of a “Shalomer” and “spend ourselves” on behalf of the broken and hurting in the world as we preach the full gospel in word and deed we would get persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12). But He also promised He would “guide us continually, giving us water when we are dry and restoring our strength. We will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring” (Isaiah 58:11). He promises rest as He lays our head down in fields of splendor and restores our souls in the midst of the valley of the shadow of death… (Psalm 23)