Four Enemies of Rest – Part One | Selah Leaders Podcast | Episode 4

Finding Rest in a Busy World: Overcoming the Enemies of Rest

In today’s fast-paced world, finding rest can seem like an impossible task. Whether you’re juggling multiple responsibilities or constantly on the go, rest often takes a backseat. This week’s sermon dives into the importance of rest and identifies two major enemies that stand in the way: a hurried life and anxiousness. Let’s explore these concepts and discover how to overcome them to lead a more balanced and fulfilling life.

The Importance of Rest

Rest is not just a luxury; it’s a necessity. Jesus himself modeled the importance of rest by withdrawing often to spend time with the Father. Rest is essential for maintaining a healthy and effective life, especially for leaders. It’s not something we find time for; it’s something we make time for.

Why Rest is Essential

– **Physical Health**: Rest rejuvenates our bodies.

– **Mental Clarity**: It helps clear our minds and reduce stress.

– **Spiritual Renewal**: Spending time with God during rest can deepen our faith.

The First Enemy of Rest: A Hurried Life

What is a Hurried Life?

A hurried life is characterized by constant busyness and a relentless pace. It’s the feeling of always being on the go, never having enough time, and wearing busyness like a badge of honor.

The Impact of a Hurried Life

– **Burnout**: Constant busyness can lead to physical and mental exhaustion.

– **Ineffectiveness**: A hurried life can make us less effective in our roles.

– **Strained Relationships**: It can negatively impact our relationships with others and with God.

Breaking Down the Hurried Life

1. Pace

The pace at which we live our lives can be unsustainable. We often justify a fast pace in the short term, thinking it will lead to long-term success. However, if it’s unsustainable in the long run, it shouldn’t be our pace now.

2. Position

Our roles and responsibilities can contribute to a hurried life. While some aspects are beyond our control, we must focus on what we can control. Jesus demonstrated this by not letting others’ chaos dictate his pace.

3. Posture

Our approach to life can also create a hurried existence. We often overestimate what we can achieve in the short term and underestimate what we can accomplish in the long run. This mindset can lead to a devaluation of rest.

The Second Enemy of Rest: Anxiousness

Understanding Anxiousness

Anxiousness is a common struggle, especially for leaders. It often stems from trying to control things that are beyond our control and not fully trusting God to come through.

The Impact of Anxiousness

– **Mental Strain**: Constant worry can lead to mental fatigue.

– **Spiritual Disconnect**: It can create a gap between us and God.

– **Reduced Effectiveness**: Anxiousness can make us less effective in our roles.

Combating Anxiousness

Trust in God

One effective strategy is to let God worry about our concerns today and decide to worry about them tomorrow. This daily practice can help reduce anxiousness and build trust in God.

Lay Down Your Burdens

Consistently lay your worries at God’s feet. Every time you pick them back up, lay them down again. This practice can help you develop a deeper trust in God.

Practical Steps to Overcome a Hurried Life and Anxiousness

1. **Assess Your Pace**: Evaluate if your current pace is sustainable. Make adjustments to ensure long-term sustainability.

2. **Control What You Can**: Focus on the aspects of your position that you can control. Don’t let others’ chaos dictate your pace.

3. **Adjust Your Posture**: Reframe your approach to life. Value rest and understand its importance for long-term success.

4. **Trust God Daily**: Make it a daily practice to let God handle your worries. Trust that He will come through for you.

Questions to Reflect On

1. **Pace**: Is my current pace sustainable in the long run? What changes can I make to ensure it is?

2. **Position**: Am I letting others’ chaos dictate my pace? How can I take control of my schedule?

3. **Posture**: Do I overestimate what I can achieve in the short term? How can I value rest more in my life?

4. **Trust**: Do I fully trust God with my worries? How can I practice laying my burdens at His feet daily?


Rest is not just a luxury; it’s a necessity for a healthy and effective life. By identifying and overcoming the enemies of restā€”hurried life and anxiousnessā€”we can lead more balanced and fulfilling lives. Take the time this week to assess your pace, control what you can, adjust your posture, and trust God daily. Your well-being and effectiveness depend on it.


Nick Newman

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