Verse 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Yesterday we talked about what it means to enjoy emotional rest and today we take a slight turn and look at intellectual rest.
Emotions and intellect may seem like they would profit from the same kind of rest and yet there is an important aspect of intellectual rest that differs from the suggestions for emotional rest. Intellectual rest takes a little bit more intentionality as it takes controlling our thinking without being obsessed about our thinking. A tricky tight rope to walk to be sure but one that is necessary for true Sabbath rest.
This call to intellectual rest isn’t an excuse for absentmindedness, but rather an invitation to allow the brain to have a time out from cramming it with information. We become so intense in our pursuits of information. We seek the latest news through the web, social media, TV and radio. The need for information is so prevalent that instead of the 11 o’clock news we now have the 10 o’clock news. Have a question? Google it or ask Alexa or Siri. We have more information at our fingertips than other generations could have even imagined.
Intellectual rest takes an intentional choice to pause the seeking of temporal knowledge. One of the joys of Sabbath rest is not having to think about things that don’t have lasting value. There is an unexplainable joy in resting in His presence and thinking about God and His glorious ways. Reflecting on Him and what He has done in our lives helps reset the tone of our thinking.
It is so easy for our days to be driven with hard thinking. Maybe you spend your days crunching data or numbers. Maybe you have days filled with searching through facts or maybe you are monitoring matters of a patients’ health. All these things require thinking and our brain needs a rest from the constant work. We need to give them time to recharge and reset so that they can be at their most productive state when we need them.
Making It Personal
What consumes your thoughts on Sunday? What has kept your thinking from being restful? What or Who, do you need to focus on instead?
Making It Personal Kids
What does it mean to rest your thinking? Can you think of a way to rest your mind? What does God want you to think about instead?
Father, thank You for giving us a day to rest from our intellectual efforts. Help us focus our thinking on You and Your mighty works on our day of rest. In Jesus’ name, amen.