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Weekly Devotionals

Getting Up on the Right Side of Bed

The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” – Exodus 33:14

Have you ever woken up on the wrong side of bed? That’s typically an expression we use when we wake up feeling grumpy. That’s how I felt over the weekend. I woke up on Saturday way too early, and I just started off the morning feeling so grumpy and easily irritated. It was as if the hibernating bear inside of me was rudely awoken.

All of Saturday, I tried everything I could to try to snap out of it, and not be such a nuisance to my family. When I wake up on the wrong side of bed, I have a tendency of biting off the heads of those I love, and I didn’t want to do that. So, I tried everything I could. I started the day reading the bible and praying to God. I fed the cats. I kept thinking positive thoughts. I sought God, and asked Him to help me get out of my morning funk.

I realized that the reason I felt so grumpy was because I was so busy and tired, and was struggling balancing busy work with my own periods of needed rest. A couple of weeks ago, P. Edwin shared on the need for a regular rhythm of rest, and I came to realize that, yes, I, too, certainly need that regular rest. However, sometimes I’m just so busy being husband, dad, pastor, son, brother, neighbor, that I forget sometimes I just need to shut down from all of that and be me… and just enjoy being me with God.

Lately, in our Sunday series in Revelation, I’ve been thinking a lot about what heaven might be like. I wonder to myself, ‘What would be one of greatest things about heaven I would look forward to?’ And I have to admit that one thing I really look forward to is incredible rest. I look forward to a day that I can wake up from a glorious nap I would feel so refreshed and rejuvenated and ready to take on the world.

In the passage above in Exodus 33, God promised to Moses at the foot of Mount Sinai that His presence will be with the Israelites and they will find rest. You may think that this was a promise for the Israelites after they arrived in the Promised Land of Canaan, but actually this was a promise of rest for them right there and right then. Although they were in the wilderness, God still promised to be with them, and through His presence He promised that His people would find rest.

I think this is the same for us today. Our lives can certainly seem like a wilderness, and we are constantly wandering trying to get to the end. But, in the midst of everything, God promises His presence to us, and through His presence, He promises us His rest.

This week, I encourage everyone to walk with Jesus daily, and regularly find different routines that give you rest in Christ. Whether it’s listening to music, listening to a podcast, reading a book, or just sitting there staring out the window on a rainy day, find rest in Christ.

I pray that all of us wake up and go to sleep on the right side of the bed every day of this week!