Ah, it’s Sunday, the traditional day of rest. We call it the Sabbath, which comes from the Hebrew term Shabbath, which actually means rest.
It started with Genesis 2:2, where the Bible says God Himself rested on the seventh day after creating the heavens and the earth.
That just happened to me. Honestly, it did. OK, maybe I sort of knew this before, and it just feels remarkably clearer today.
Jehovah God, our mighty Maker and miraculously unfathomable Guardian of all, actually took time to rest. So why wouldn’t we?
Like many, I come from a long family line of hard-working (OK, driven) people, who tend to equate industrious effort with virtue. It’s easy to fall into the pattern of measuring personal worth by daily, annual, and lifetime achievements.
God does not see things the same way.
Sure, He calls each of us to use the gifts and talents He has given to us, both individually and collectively. But He also calls us to rest.
It’s not like God’s will won’t come to pass, if His beloved ones shut down for some shuteye, every now and then.
Monday will come soon enough.
But for a Sabbath moment, our loving Lord offers us the sweet peace of rest that only He can give. His arms are open.
And here’s the promise for today:
Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
(Matthew 11:28, NIV)
Maybe Sunday’s not your Sabbath this week. Perhaps you’re punching a clock or holding the fort, so to speak, and you don’t have a day off till Tuesday or Wednesday. God wants to bless you with restful moments. He will, if you look.
Dictionaries define rest as cessation of labor, freedom from worries, inactivity, periods of tranquility, refreshing quiet, repose, sleep, solitude, and spiritual calm.
And if we rest in His sweet presence, as today’s Bible promise (a quote from Jesus Himself) says, we can soak up His refreshing love and power.
Rest is not mindless idleness. It’s a productive activity – for a reasonable time. It’s not sloth or laziness to take a break. Instead, it’s an investment in industriousness.
Boom. And happy Sabbath rest.
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