Freedom To Rest
As believers, we have the freedom to rest. In the very beginning, God himself sets the standard when he says, at the end of creating the world, in Genesis 2:1-2;
"Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done."
I believe that this element of our lives is crucial to peace, joy and abundant life. Let me say it again - WE HAVE FREEDOM TO REST! Yahoo! Protect this, guard this, love this and live this! The day of the week, whatever day your schedule allows or naturally gravitates to, is up to you! In America, if you are in the retail sales business, it may be very very hard to make this day fall on a Saturday or Sunday. That's ok. Jesus talks about this in Matthew 12:1-8;
"At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, 'Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.' He answered, 'Haven't you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread - which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. Or haven't you read in the Law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple desecrate the day and yet are innocent? I tell you that one greater than the temple is here. If you had known what these words mean, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice' you would not have condemned the innocent. For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath."
It isn't about rules or the appearance. Enjoy your day of rest! What makes you happy? Rest from work, not from life. I love riding my bike, playing in the gulf (I live in Bradenton, so my beach is the Gulf of Mexico), watching football, reading, hanging out with family and friends...these give me rest. They recharge my soul and give a bounce to my step.
A couple of months ago, I had so much to do that I didn't take my day of rest every week. You know what happened? Bonked, conked, crashed and wiped out - three days later! Not just mentally, but physically. I got so little done compared to when I was taking my rest day. Funny thing is, it took me several weeks of getting more and more stressed out to figure out the problem. Hahaha - do any of you ever wonder how come your brain-to-causes mechanism is slow? Could it be locked in my sin nature's stubborn desire to control the rest of me???? Ok, that is a topic for another time.
Freedom to rest. Let me say it again, freedom to rest. Wow! Our God thinks of everything. Peter says, in 2 Peter 1:3; "His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness." Peter knew Jesus really well. He was one of the original followers and disciples of Jesus. You and I have all we need for balanced, free lives. Use this to have all the fun and take the time to enjoy that you can do with a weekly day of rest. Recharge, relax and reflect on the goodness of our LORD.
Have a great day!