Is it Wrong to Rest?

Is it wrong to rest?

It’s amazing how difficult we can find it to stop everything and just rest.  How guilty we feel when we’re not doing laundry, dishes and hoovering.  But did you know that rest was part of God’s creation plan?

He added on a whole day in the week just to dedicate to rest.  He didn’t make the universe in 6 days and then start the week again on Monday.  He saw what he created and realised he had FINISHED his work.  Then he added a 7th day and blessed it and dedicated it to just resting.

Isn’t that amazing!!  Here we are running on a hamster wheel of work thinking that we’re never finished.  I mean after all, isn’t it true that ‘a women’s work is never done’?  So how could God take an entire day to just do nothing and rest?  Wasn’t there oceans to tame, constellations to manage, people to feed?  Nope, his work was finished.

This is the key.  We need to look at our week as 6 days not 7.  We have 6 days to fit in all our work and have a whole day to rest, recharge, relax and enjoy the family we’ve made, the home we’ve built and the God we serve.  Are we working towards that day of rest each week?  Is your work ever finished?  Do you feel overwhelmed by your to-do list and laundry pile? God created the universe in 6 days, saw that it was good and he finished – he stopped.  Then he spent a whole day just to rest and enjoy his creation and all the work he had done and made it HOLY!

Did you know that rest is HOLY!  How incredible, and we’ve been missing it?  We feel so guilty when we rest we think we’re sinning!  But why do we feel guilty – because there’s still so much work to do, right? We need to draw a line and cross it to finish our work each week.  We need to stop the tinkering, puttering and automatic laundry cycle and just finish.  We are called to enjoy the work of our  hands.  If we don’t stop working and start resting (it’s only one day a week) we’ll never enjoy all the benefits of our hard work.

Get your work done in 6 days, not 7.  Spend a whole day in holy rest and you will have the strength and mental capacity to focus on the next 6 days of work.

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he restedfrom all the work of creating that he had done. Genesis 2:2-3

6 thoughts on “Is it Wrong to Rest?

  1. I love it! Totally guilty of always doing something, projects being worked on, things being cleaned and washed, etc. But, when my family is together I let things lie until monday. Who wants to vacuum when there are adventures to be had!

  2. Not possible, here…we run a sanctuary for abused dogs, and the work never, ever ends. Added to that – having what they say is a terminal illness plays hob with my energy levels. I find that if I DO rest, it’s much harder and more painful to bring the hamster wheel up to speed again.

    I hope God understands.

    • It can be hard to get back in the swing of things after a nice rest. I often find if I nap I wake up more tired so I skip it but will read instead. We need to rest in the right way so that it’s healthy and healing and not just unproductive and making things harder. Getting rest is supposed to give us more energy, not make everything harder. God can show you the right way to rest, Andrew! He knows best about how to take care of ourselves. Blessings

    • It can be so frustrating but it’s true. We need rest. It’s in our make up to need regular rest. We just need to submit to our maker to be able to live life to the fullest. Thanks for sharing. So encouraging to hear from readers!!

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