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The Discipline of Rest

We are busy!  We can be busy with many things – work, family, keeping healthy, volunteering and even vacationing!  Much of our busyness isn’t just for ourselves – we get super busy doing for others. While we complain a lot about how busy we are, we often derive some satisfaction from our busyness.  In some way we feel it demonstrates our worth to society.  We live in a culture where we feel guilty when we relax and don’t have something we are supposed to be doing.   Certainly God does not intend for us to be lazy!  So what is so wrong with being busy?

When God created the world He rested (Genesis 2:1-2).  In Deuteronomy 5:12-15 God instructs the Israelites to observe the Sabbath day  as a day to remember that their powerful and mighty God saved them from slavery in Egypt.  In Leviticus 23:28-29 God commands His people to rest on the Day of Atonement and even threatens that those who do not must be cut off from their people.

In our busy lives we think that it is our effort, not God’s that provides. This sets us apart from God.  Our work can become a substitute for God’s work.  We take on the heavy burden of having to do it all.  God, however, wants His people to remember that God is the source of all – and by taking the time to rest we trust that God supplies every need in all areas of our life.  When we agree to rest, we show that we trust that He will provide.  When we rest we have some time in our life to reflect on God and talk with Him.

This Sunday observe the Sabbath.  Take the time to focus on God and offer thanksgiving for all you have.  Spend time enjoying family and friends instead of working at entertaining them. Seek some quiet time to see what God would have you focus on in the coming week.  See what a difference this God-focused rest can make in your  week ahead.

Rest

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