“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9) Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10) but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11) For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. Exodus 20:8-11
Have we ever considered that rest was a commandment from the Lord? As written above, God thought it was so important that He included it in the 4th Commandment found in Exodus 20.
How many times have we said, “I don’t have time to rest” or, better yet, “I can’t take time to rest because if I don’t do the job, it won’t get done.” What keeps us from resting in the Lord? Family demands, work demands, schedules that are crammed full of places to go, things to do, people to see? Certainly, we know the importance of taking care of the day-to-day tasks, but where do we place the value of rest in all of this? Perhaps it’s the feeling that if we rest we are being lazy, which keeps us from the rest we need. We need to be careful in thinking that rest is a sign of laziness. They are two entirely different things.
With our world today and the demanding work schedules, your day of rest may come on a Saturday, or Wednesday, or another day other than Sunday. The Lord simply states that we are to rest. Now, as Pastor Mike has said, that does not mean that you cease from doing one job to find another one to do. We need to seek the Lord and spend time with Him, whether it’s searching the scriptures and allowing God to speak to us, or perhaps doing a personal Bible study, or stealing away to a quiet place to pray. Jesus, the Son of God, found it necessary to leave the crowds and disciples behind and find a place to be alone to talk to His Father. If Jesus needed this, we certainly do.
There are many scriptures in the Bible relating to rest. I would encourage you to do a personal study of “resting in the Lord.” You will be amazed at much easier it will be to say, “I choose to rest.”
Much thanks to Pastor Mike for his faithfulness to preach truth to the people at Living Stones, for it’s through his teaching about rest that I learned that it is o.k. to “take a break!”