God never sleeps. He does not need a time out 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, He did it because it was righteous. And we should too.
Our 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. So 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. It’s an invitation from a 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. But Sabbath is in the heart. You can be at home doing “nothing” but still be anxious, exhausted, angry, restless. So the invitation today 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. – Matthew Sleeth in 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life
You can Sabbath for 10 minutes as your read the next few verses, pray and worship. You can Sabbath one day this weekend by turning off your phone and going out for a 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. Always Lord.
Humanity began with the breath of Abba. His air in our lungs 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.
– “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” – God the Father in Exodus 33:14
– “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
Take deep breaths in and as your exhale, pray: “Abba. I belong to you.”
I have gone to this song at least once a month for the last 7 years. It’s Mindy Gledhill singing “I Will Rest In You.” See where it takes you:
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