Summary: The first peacemaker was our quiet time with God. Now let’s consider the second peacemaker – our quiet time of rest and relaxation.
Peacemakers of the Heart
“Our Quiet Time of Rest and Relaxation”
1. A life of inner peace must be pursued. It does not happen by accident. It happens at the root level of your inner spirit. Philippians 4:6-7 (“hearts and minds”)
2. Why does the mighty oak tree stand when other material objects are being swept away during a flood? It possesses a deep root system that sustains it.
3. Without a solid root system in our lives, we don’t stand a chance of inner peace. Mark 4:5-6, 16-17
4. When the Bible talks about having a heart of peace, it is speaking of our inner and emotional state. We are learning about peacemakers of the heart that will provide us with a solid root system to stabilize us during the storms of life.
5. The first peacemaker was our quiet time with God. Now let’s consider the second peacemaker – our quiet time of rest and relaxation.
Why is a time of rest so important?
1. Because the need was built into us at creation – Genesis 2:3
• We were created in God’s image, and we were made to rest after we work.
• God commanded Israel to rest after their work, even during harvest time. Exodus 34:21
• God anticipated the excuse, “I’ll rest after the busy season.” He commanded them to protect their time-outs even at the peak of the season!
2. Because our bodies demand proper rest
• “Stress” used to be an engineer’s word. It described how much weight or pressure a structure could take before it collapsed. Now people are collapsing!
• The toll of unrest and stress on our bodies has been well documented.
• Two-thirds of office visits to family doctors are prompted by stress-related symptoms. Stress is a major contributor to heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidental injuries, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide – six of the leading causes of death in the U.S.
• Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19-20). A temple is to be treated special. Too many people are pushing their bodies to the breaking point and beyond.
4. Because it will enhance our relationships
• You can get to the point where whenever you smell flowers you look for a coffin.
• Frankly, tired people are not much fun to be around. They’re like robots - running mechanically, joylessly, from one task to the next, getting it all done, but stepping on people as they go. It’s not easy to be sensitive to others when you’re all used up.
• God’s Word teaches that the whole basis of healthy relationships is giving. Ephesians 5:33, 6:4
• Tired people don’t feel like giving. Tired people blast their friends and family for insignificant irritations. They have little or no patience. Through tired eyes, small problems look much bigger. Fatigue will bring out a hidden mean streak.
• Proper rest brings our lives and bodies back into balance, and is sure to enhance our relationships.