The Bible is God’s word, II Timothy 3:16-17, and God’s word has a lot to say about both work and rest. The Bible opens with God working, creating all the universe, it’s creatures and mankind. However, God also emphasizes
Genesis 2:2-3 reads, “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made
We see God looks back over the work he has done and he is pleased, and then he rests. God himself sets the precedent for a balance between work and rest.
In the Old Testament, God commanded his people to rest. He sets apart a period of time for them to cease all work and labor. This time was called the
Exodus 20:8-11, “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath
God says to his people you are to rest.
Does it seem a bit harsh for God to command his people to rest? Maybe. However, God always has a purpose for everything he commands. Therefore, no matter what the situation, God’s purpose is ALWAYS for our good and it is ALWAYS driven by his love for us.
Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
You see God knows his people. He knows our physical limits and our spiritual needs. He understands our weaknesses and knows where we struggle. God knew the people needed not only physical rest from their labor, but he also knew their hearts and how they needed time for renewing their spirit. Therefore, God, in his infinite wisdom, commanded the people to rest. Thus, God created a balance between work and rest, the physical and the spiritual, in the lives of his people.
Additional scriptures for reading about God’s thoughts on rest.
What about today? We don’t live under the old testament or old covenant. It was nailed to the cross with Christ. Today, we live under the New Testament. Yes. That is true. Christ was the fulfillment of the Old Testament covenant and promises, and when he died a new covenant was put into place. Today, we are not under the old law and thus are not commanded to keep a sabbath day. However, we are no different than the people living under the old law. We too still need to follow God’s example and make time for physical rest from our work and spiritual renewal of our minds. Our bodies still grow weary from work and stress. We, just like our creator, need time for quiet reflection and rest after our work. Our hearts and minds still need time to focus on God.
Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Remember God has a purpose for rest and renewal, and his motivation is always good. So take time to rest and renew your spirit by studying his word and worshiping him.
Matthew 11:28-29, “Come unto me, all ye that