"Return to your rest, my soul,
for the Lord has been good to you" - Psalm 116:7.
The psalmist made an interesting statement in this one verse. First, he wrote that his soul needed to 'return' to its rest. That indicates that rest is the natural state for the soul. Second, the psalmist commanded his soul to rest. That means that rest is a decision, well within the capability of each person to enter and enjoy. Third, the soul is the realm of the emotions, so the rest the psalmist was referring to was not a vacation on the beach. Fourth, the psalmist reasoned with his soul, providing it with an important fact: God had been good to the psalmist. It helps to remember what God has done in the past so that any current turmoil or confusion can be put into proper perspective so that rest may be maintained.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to reflect on your state of unrest in light of today's verse. First, confess or admit if you have lost your rest. Second, reason with yourself and produce facts that enable your soul to be at rest. This will include going over all things God has done for you in the past. If He did those things for you in the past, He can do them again! Finally, don't act like you have no role to play in your rest. It is a decision no matter what you are going through.