This is the day that the Lord has made...

This is the day that the Lord has made...

Monday, February 14, 2011

A Time To Rest

Believe it or not, there is more to life than finishing your "to do" list or work.  I can remember, way back, I mean wa-a-ay back to when I was a kid and the grocery stores closed at 9, the downtown closed at 5:30 and nobody, I mean, nobody was open on Sunday.  The trend of 24 hour service and open everyday has permeated every nook and cranny of our society. It seems that we, lumping us all together (unfairly, of course), have assumed the motto, "Live to Work."

This, however, is not spiritually inclined living.  At the center of a life focused on serving God and his people, there is rest.  God was, and is, smart enough to know that we need to rest.  He designed us, created us and built us in his image so he knows how we are to best live to get maximum benefit from life.  And with that, he has said we must take time to rest.

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God's rest also rest from his own work, just as God did from his.  Hebrews 4:9-10

Rest has many valuable qualities: it renews the mind and spirit, it rebuilds the physical being, it reconnects individuals with God and many more!  God gives us a the example and then asks that we not fall short.  He worked 6 days, and on the 7th, he rested.  Why? 

What is the benefit of work without having the time to enjoy the fruits of your labor?  Did God not rest on the 7th day so that he might enjoy what he had created? 

Those who are believers and followers of Scripture know this principle, yet it is an easy one to overlook and let the enemy trick us into believing it's okay to not rest.  It's not!  The next verse in Hebrews tells why:  Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.  Hebrews 4:11

Do not be fooled for the Lord, God Almighty, is forever with you and nothing is hidden from him.  Something as simple as taking more time to rest and reflect can, and will, build stronger faith and a better relationship with Jesus. 

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