For in six days, the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
Written by: Kyle Glenn
For many of us, the thought setting an entire day aside for rest is only a dream! But when it comes to our jobs, God commands us to rest. There will always be work to do, and the job will never be done. But God makes it clear that we are still to stop—it is a non-negotiable. He did not make work one of the 10 commandments, but He did make rest as one. It was that important to put rest into the top 10!
God knows that we are naturally prone to overwork, burn out, and stress. He created us to be more productive in six days than in seven days of work. Over-worked, we often find it increasingly difficult to experience the kind of life-restoring rest we need.
We often have the idea of rest as coming home useless at the end of a very long work week. Burned out from an exhausting week, we collapse onto the couch. That would be what resting from work looks like. But what would it look like to work from rest?
In Genesis, mankind’s very first full day on earth was a day of rest. Our day one was God’s day seven. God began our time with a day off. We hadn’t earned it—we had done nothing productive. God knew the best way to begin a week of production was for us to stop and acknowledge our dependence on Him. When we stop working, we are trusting God. God models for us that our rhythm of life should include a time every week to rest.
Both Genesis 2:3 and Exodus 20:11 say that God “blessed” our day off and made the rest day “holy.” What does this mean? God is saying that this day will be good for you! He has special things for you when you rest. It is to be a day set apart—a day that looks different than the rest of the week.
Thought of the day: What does rest currently look like for you? Are you resting from work or working from rest? What can you do this week that will be life-giving? What is one way you can stop and show your dependence on God this week?
Rather than spending your rest in recovery mode, what would it look like for your rest to be energizing and preparing you for what God has for you next week?
Prayer: Jesus, You have accomplished for me the work I most need: You have paid the price of my sin. Because of that, I can rest. Forgive me for not stopping and trusting You. Teach me to learn to trust in Your care so that I may also practice rest. Amen.