Exodus 20:8-11 (NLT)8 “Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
9 You have six days each week for your ordinary work,10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the LORD your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you.11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.
Rest doesn’t come naturally to us. In order for us to truly rest we have to trust that God will take care of things for us. Since we refuse to rest, as God commands, no matter the reason, thank God He has put a mechanism in place that signals us that it just may be time to slow down and obey.
There are times when you just get tired. Tired of the daily grind of living in a world with so much free, division, hate, disease, fear and death. As Christians we know that we are already victorious, but we won't see that final victory until Jesus returns. Meanwhile we are in an unrelenting spiritual war, and let's face to we get weary sometimes very weary.
Busyness is today’s badge of success. We even carry this over to ministry, thinking the busier we are for God, the more He must be blessing our church, our business, or our ministry. But God would rather have us be with Him than do a bunch of things for Him.
Yes, we are to work hard when we work
Colossians 3:23-24 (NKJV)23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
But we are commanded to rest.
Deuteronomy 5:12-15 (NKJV)12 'Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the LORD your God commanded you.13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work,14 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.15 And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the LORD your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.
When we are operating at an unrealistic pace, we have no intimacy in our relationship with God because we don’t spend time with Him. We are always in a hurry working for God, and not spending time with Him. When anybody criticizes us or pulls our coattails. about our pace we get angry and say stuff like; “The devil never takes a day off”.
Some of us even consider giving up. We know we win so why keep fighting? We wonder why I don’t just surrender. I agree that you should surrender but not to your enemy. Surrender to your ally, your friend, your Leader. Surrender to God. That's a different Surrender one that results in victory.
Church, people, schedules and taking on Satan head-on is depleting. If you are exhausted, you won't be able to fight and resist the devil. When you are feeling discouraged, stop yourself for a moment and release the burden to God. On your bad days, you should rest and on your good days, you should rest.
Give your mind a break from planning and trying to anticipate what will happen. Pray continually. Ask the Holy Spirit to take charge of the details. For you to grow, you must learn to rest in God’s goodness.
Psalm 127:2 (NLT2)2 It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.
Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT2) 28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”