The Need for Rest
Last Sunday I was out in the back garden playing in the snow with my son (Josue). All of a sudden from no where he looked up into the sky and said “I think God is a asleep today.” I said “no, God never sleeps.” He got a bit upset with me and said again “God is asleep.” I asked him why he said that. He answered that his teacher in School had said that after God had created everything in 6 days that on the 7th God rested. Now I understood what he meant, although in his wee mind Rest equalled Sleep.
This got me think a bit. God is all powerful and in Psalm 121:4 says “No, the guardian of Israel never sleeps or Slumbers” (Complete Jewish Bible, CJB). But then in Genesis 2:2 says “On the Seventh day God was finished with his work which he had made, so he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.” (CJB) God did not need to rest and according to the Bible He doesn’t sleep either but it is very clear That God did rest. Why? Was God tiered? Was He weary from Creation? Of course not. Like a lot of things in the Bible God was showing his creation how to act and how to live. God was giving us an education in life. Rest is for our benefit not for God’s. God doesn’t need rest we do. God gave us one day each week when we are to rest from lifes work. (I know there are arguments over what day is the Sabbath and I am not going to get involved in that debate right now (although I may at a later date), But answer me this where in the Bible was the Sabbath ever moved from the Sabbath to Sunday, for I can’t find it?). God also gave us 7 festivals which are listed in Leviticus 23, but instead of us taking 7holiday periods a year we now only take 2 Christmas and Easter. Does God know better or do we know better. God says we need rest. We say we don’t. God says I created you and I know what you need. We say know you don’t. We keep saying that we want to give all of our life to God and that we want him in total control of us. But do we mean it. When you have lack of rest you are sinning against God, against your family and against yourself. I know of people who never rest. they go to work. They come home and work more in the house. They go to bed thinking about work. On their day off they work even more. They end up burning out. If you work in such a job that you need to work so much and you say that you are a Christian then you need to find another job before you burn out and bring dishonour to God. What a about your family. When your job is long gone or will your family not know you because you spent more time working for your boss than spending time with your family.
In the 1930’s in Russia, Satalin who was totally anti-God decided to institute a 13 day week. This was because what ever God said he wanted to do the opposite. This went on for a number of months. With the whole country working for 12 days straight and on the thirteenth day taking a day off. It didn’t work. The people where exhausted. Even Stalin himself couldn’t cope with it any more. They realised that the most they could work was 6 days befor they needed to take a break. So an athiest proved God right when God told us to take the 7th day as a day of rest.
Yes we all need to work and when we do work we need to do the best that we can, but God comes before your work; Your family comes before your work; and You come before your work.
Any comments are welcome.