“For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a Sabbath of complete rest, a holy convocation. You shall not do any work; it is a Sabbath to the LORD in all your dwellings.” (23:24)
Why would it matter to God if we rest or not? Why are exhortations to rest all over the Bible? Why, when you’d think we’d jump at a mandatory day off and celebration, is this a difficult command to obey?
Much of what God has been trying to drive into my thick skull, these last few years, is to rest. This is something I struggle with, even though I’m passionate about it, in principle, because of what rest feels linked to.
1. Trust. Will God provide if I take a day off work?
2. Value. Am I worth less if I’m contributing less? Does “contribution to society” have a link to personal value?
Our Heavenly Father is desperate to communicate something, here. Yes, He can provide when we aren’t earning money, because everything comes from Him. No, He doesn’t value us based on contribution.
“But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness” (Romans 4:5)
Grace can be difficult to accept, even as much as we would love to. We want to feel like we deserve things. Pride cripples.
There are a lot of reasons we don’t stop to rest. It’s easy to get over committed and then parallel busyness with importance. We don’t want to let people down.
What is it for you? Why is it hard to squeeze in a day off? How can we commit to trusting God for provision, value, etc.? If you’re over-committed, ask God what to let go.
Especially in ministry, I must depend on the power of the LORD for any real fruit. He is strong in my weaknesses. How frustrating. I’m learning to trust Him with that.
At the same time PRAISE GOD He wants this for us! He is good and wonderful. The pagan gods of Canaan never would have granted time off. It’s all strive strive strive! I don’t want that! The LORD is a loving Father, Husband, etc. not a raging task master. Even if I’m too dense to take advantage of this all the time, I’m deeply thankful for our Lord of the Sabbath.