“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing. So on the seventh day he rested from all of his work. ” — Genesis 2:2
In life it’s rare for people to ask, “Have you rested lately?” Our society doesn’t value rest; often it’s confused with being lazy. We rush around like human doings, forgetting that we were created as human beings. Many of us are so weary that we’re no longer thriving in our roles; we’re merely surviving. But we weren’t created to exist in a constant state of survival mode. To do so threatens our effectiveness and leaves us too tired or worn down to even care. It takes regularly disentangling ourselves from the busyness of life to be reminded of our purpose and priorities.
Much like our cell phones need to be plugged in when the battery gets low, we need to plug into our power source, which is the presence of God. And just as a phone waits quietly while it charges before it’s ready to be used again, we need to do the same. It’s only by intentionally pausing our busy lives that we will find new strength and energy to accomplish all that God has called us to be and do. Life is work. God knows that, so he gave us the gift of rest and then commanded us in the Ten Commandments to actively use it. He invites us to regularly stop our busy lives so that we can soak in his presence.
If rest is this important to God, it needs to be equally important to us. So...have you rested lately?
Rest is so important to God that he modeled it for us by taking a Sabbath and commands us to do the same.
- Is your life punctuated with healthy times of rest (keep in mind that rest is not to be confused with sleep!)?
- Do you feel like you're being lazy when you do stop to rest? If so, has this devotional helped you think differently?
- Take some time to evaluate your current rhythm of life and find times to implement rest throughout your day, week, or even year.
- Encourage someone to rest today.