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. 3 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