Have you ever found it hard to rest? Hard to slow down, even when you’re not at work? In this message, I talk about my biggest learning from my recent Sabbatical. The message is based on Psalm 46, and begins at 28:00.
Rest: it’s important.
We all know it’s important.
Yet too few of us take time for real, significant rest.
We live in a time when the culture values busyness, almost as a badge of pride. “How are you?” someone will ask. “Oh, I’m great. Really busy,” we reply.
A while back, I saw a meme online that showed the image of a cellphone battery in the ‘red zone’ – less than 10% power remaining. It said, “You’d never let this happen to your phone. Why do you let it happen to yourself?”
We are a society of the dangerously tired. We so tightly schedule our own lives – and those of our children – that we leave little margin for God to work in our lives, or for us to notice God’s work in our lives. We need rest.
The Bible follows an “order of creation” model for teaching us about the value of rest by suggesting that because God made the world in six days and rested on the seventh, we, too, should take one day a week for rest and re-creation. Every week. Yes, every week.
Many of us think that would be impossible to do, but it wouldn’t be impossible. We just have to undertake the hard work of prioritizing what matters in our lives.
As I’ve said before, in a hundred years, the only thing that’s going to matter is what you did with Jesus. Work does not prepare us for eternity. Sports do not prepare us for eternity. But worship and rest do prepare us for eternity.
Eternity is a long time. Don’t you think that which prepares us for eternity deserves top priority?
Christians traditionally take Sunday as their day of rest, because it was the first day of the week that Jesus rose from the dead. And it is from that day of rest and worship that we are able to have the energy to undertake all that the coming week holds.
I know that not everyone is able to take Sunday as a rest day in our secular culture. But if you can’t take Sunday every week, at least take a day somewhere in there.
“Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy” (Exodus 20.8, NLT).
Encouragement From The Word is taking an eight-week hiatus while I take a long-planned and much-needed Sabbatical. This weekly email will return on Friday, November 29, 2019.