Ten Commandments | Devotion 3: Rest
I struggle with resting. I am not talking about sleeping but resting. I enjoy napping, but with five kids that is not a given. When I finally lay my head down at night, I fall asleep with no problem.
I am talking about resting from work and the busyness of life. I love to be busy, and I love that I get to serve God with my life in full-time ministry. The work of the Lord is never done, and if you allow it to, it will consume you and your life.
Resting is important. Yes, work, kids, life, and fill in the blank are important. However, we as followers were called to rest. We can define our use of rest as a resetting, unwinding, getting perspective, spending time doing nothing, or hanging out with your family.
I struggle with resting, and I believe it is me not trusting God and telling Him He is not in control, and I need to work like a maniac to make up where He is lacking.
God created everything in six days, and on the seventh day, God rested (Genesis chapter one). God is purposeful in everything He does, and everything in the Bible was put there on purpose for a purpose. God rested on the seventh day. This means that we, as followers of Christ, should take time once a week to rest and give God the glory for the week.
Exodus 20:8-11 further supports my argument for a day of rest. God commanded the Israelites (His chosen people) to create a Sabbath, a day of rest that would honor God in accordance with the rest day God took on the seventh day after creation.
Exodus 20:8-11 says, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days, the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”
Some people make the argument that Sundays are the day that God wants us to rest. It can vary for each of us.
• God rested on the last day of the week, and that day is Saturday, not Sunday.
• He actually did not say what day to rest.
• My work week starts on Tuesday and goes through Sunday. Sunday is usually my hardest most stressful day. It is work for me.
• I take my Sabbath, or rest day, on Mondays.
Taking a rest day is hard, and if you want to implement this in your life, it is going to take real commitment. You may have to turn off your phone, get off social media, tell your boss you cannot, and actively choose not to plan things for your day of rest.