girl-510452_640And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done” (Genesis 2:2).

Rest.

The word is magical when you lack it, isn’t it? We all need it but sometimes we don’t want it. Sometimes we even pride ourselves on getting little of it. But God taught us the importance of it by resting Himself.

The import of the passage is that God ceased His creative efforts. It’s not that God was tired but that He stopped working. 

He later required all of Israel to obey the Sabbath and rest. And Jesus pointed out that “the Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27).

Today we are not required to follow the Sabbath, but the principle still applies. We need to take time out to rest from our labors. And we need not allow ourselves to feel guilty for it.

In fact, rest is something God created for us so that we can enjoy and reflect upon life. I’m glad that we must rest, that we must take time out to unwind and to process the events of life. It allows growth.

But rest is not complete without a proper relationship with God and man. Don’t let Satan or others rob you of your rest. Use it to God’s glory by taking the time in order to reflect and grow.

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