In a culture that glorifies busy, honoring the sabbath looks like laziness.
Honor it anyway.
Any day you can.
And learn to rest.
God himself will meet you there.
I know that God never sleeps. He does not need time-outs or vacation days. He never gets bored or anxious or hungry. Yet for some reason, He made the choice to rest.
“And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.” Genesis 2: 2-3
Resting is holy. God did not do it because of need, God did it because it was righteous. And we should too.
It’s not a law thing, it’s a love thing. Loving yourself, loving your family, loving your heavenly Father.
Our culture and world system glorifies “busy” – both as positive (I work so hard) or as a negative (I’m working too hard). And in the overwhelming reality of our busyness we forget to be intentional about rest.
But then, we feel wasted and overstretched. We become anxious and irritable. We lose our cool quicker, start arguments easier, forget God… in the name of busy.
The Sabbath (or ceasing to work) was essential and central to the people of the Old Testament. It is one of the 10 commandments. And today (this very day) it’s an invitation to you, by the loving God who lives in constant rest.
Yes, it is ideal to take specific time each week to turn off the noise. To focus inward and upward. To settle and relax. #SiestaTime
But Sabbath is in the heart. You can be at home doing “nothing” but still be anxious, exhausted, angry, restless.
So my invitation to you is to breathe deep, to acknowledge the comfort of the Holy Spirit, and to be aware of the opportunity you have, right now, to rest.
“Rest shows us who God is. He has restraint. Restraint is refraining from doing everything that one has the power to do. We must never mistake God’s restraint for weakness. The opposite is true. God shows restraint; therefore, restraint is holy.
The writer of Hebrews gives us a glorious oxymoron in chapter 4 verse 11: “Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.”
Other translations explain it like this, Strive for rest.
If we keep pretending like we can motor on without taking time off, we will continue paying the price through burn-out and despair.
You can Sabbath for 10 minutes as you close your eyes and worship. You can Sabbath one day this weekend by turning off your phone and going out for a long walk. You can Sabbath for a season of intentional rest and recreation and recover your strength. Just remember that the Lord of the Harvest is the Lord of the Sabbath… and no matter how little or how much you do, He will still be Lord.
Humanity began with the breath of Abba; His air in our lungs, and that proves that we have nothing to offer back, except that which He has given already to us.
Be at peace.
Stop trying to prove yourself.
Treat today as the seventh day.
And value rest.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jesus in Matthew 11:28
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