1 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts.
2 By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
We live in a time and culture where rest is hard to find. Many of us work excessive hours each week, yet we continually feel behind with little hope of catching up. Even our rest is often not restful. Individuals and families run from one activity to another, taking part in recreational activities but often with little rest in between. We are always considering what is next on our schedule or task list. However, the difficulty of rest is not just an external issue. Outside of obvious busyness, many of us live with busy and cluttered minds. We are tied to our phones and continually tending to things. Indeed, finding true rest is easier said than done.
However, in Genesis 2 at the end of His work of creation, God set a precedent for people: they should regularly take rest. We should not misunderstand this passage. God did not need rest because He was worn out. God’s rest was an intentional pause as a model for us to follow. Isaiah 40:28 says of God, “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired.” If this God, who is literally inexhaustible, paused to take rest, shouldn’t we give this attention and seek what He has given us to learn?
This week, we will take time to consider the rest God has called us to and the way that He provides true rest for His people. God has called us to rest for a reason, and this is not something we should ignore or give little priority to in our lives.
• Where do you feel most in need of rest? What has you exhausted?
• What are some ways you have experienced rest that is not truly restful?
• Pray and thank God for the gift of rest. Ask Him to teach you more about rest and show you ways to practically pursue rest in your life.