And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made;
And He rested on the seventh day from all
His work which he had made- Genesis 2:2
You every get in a bind, be it financial or just behind in work where there is so much that needs to be done? No matter how much you do it seems like you’re not even making a dent. You try and try, work day and night to accomplish your goal but somehow it just never seems to ever be enough. I know I have been guilty of this many times in my life and still find myself in that situation now to be honest. I never take time to rest.
Well let me tell you this, rest and relaxation is not a sin. Rest time is repair time, a time of renewing, restoration and recharging. It is also a time a receiving what we need from God to get through another day. We may look at it as a loss of productivity, but it is really a time of renewing. Yes you could have gotten some more done if you stay up, but you are not really effective when you are tired. Fatigue can be costly, financially or in time to redo what you did, when you weren’t at your best.
God created everything in 6 days, but after each day he didn’t complain about what He hadn’t done yet. The bible tells us he stood back, looked over what He had accomplished and said it is good. He set an example for us and Jesus did the same thing. That may be the reason He was able to accomplish so much in three and a half years. Jesus who healed the sick, fed the hungry, performed miracles and taught everyone, He came in contact with, took time to rest.
Come ye yourself apart into a desert place and rest awhile. – Mark 6:31
Jesus often separated Himself from others to rest, mediate and pray and be alone with His Father, to recharge His spiritual battery so to speak. Like your car, you can only go so far before you run out of gas. Life is very demanding, people are too. The more you succeed, the more people will demand or expect from you. The life as a believer is even more demanding. The enemy will attack you every chance he gets. When you don’t take time to rest and are weak, is one of his favorite times to attack.
That’s not say don’t work hard. Work hard but take time to play just as hard. And take time to kick off your shoes and relax your feet.
Father God please teach us how to rest.
Show us how we can turn to You and refresh and rejuvenate ourselves.
Without rest we can’t accomplish the goals and desires you have placed in us.
Without rest we can not fully effectively walk in God’s purpose for our life.
Most importantly without God we can not accomplish anything at all!
Thank you for rejuvenation you give us during times of rest.
In Jesus’ name- AMEN