Sunday, February 19, 2023
“Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” (Genesis 2:1-3)
We live in an action-oriented world, and it seems that simplifying our lives has never been more complicated! Doesn’t it seem that there’s always work to do and no time for rest? Answer the following questions as honestly as you can to determine if you need to rest: Do I feel stressed when functioning in my normal day-to-day activities? Is it difficult to find joy? Do I get the kind of rest my body needs? Do I wake up tired?
In creation, God established a pattern of work and rest, which is a model for believers. For six days God worked to bring order to our world. But on the seventh day, after he had finished all His creative activity, He rested. God showed us that rest is appropriate and right.
Jesu demonstrated the importance of rest when He sat wearily beside the well after a long walk (John 4:6) and when He slept in the back of a boat with His head on a pillow (Mark 4:38). He also rested when He and His disciples go away from the crowds (Mark 6:31-32).
If the Lord rested from the work of creation and from His earthly ministry, we need to rest from our week as well. Our times of rest refresh us for times of service. Schedule some “slow down” time this week.
All work and no play will take the joy of life away.
You are Loved, Pastor Jennifer