It started with Adam and Eve, you know. Workaholism. They thought they were doing the right things. Things the Lord commanded them to do. Good things, right? Here they were, smack dab in the middle of the Garden, just the two of them. With a mission from God.
“Be fruitful and increase in number…”
“Fill the earth and subdue it…”
“Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air…”
“And over every living creature that moves on the ground…”
The mission was HEE-YUGE! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist!) What did God say next, there in the beginning?
“Jump on it?”
“Hop to it?”
“Shake a leg?”
Nope. Basically, He said, “Take a nap.” Rest.
Work from your rest, people. But you and me? We’ve been doing just the opposite since about Genesis 3. We’ve been working, working, working. Until we fall down. Crashing in physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion. Taking an hour or two, a day or so, and then we’re hot on the trail again, aren’t we?
We rest from our work instead of working from our rest. One will perpetuate exhaustion. The other, fulfillment.
Don’t miss the point. It’s not just about napping. It’s about tapping. Tapping into the Source of your life, energy, and purpose. It’s Sabbath.
In Sabbath, taking a determined, dedicated rest with God, you and I will find both rest and renewal. This week, we’ll examine why we miss this mark so often. And maybe, just maybe, find the God who wants to refresh our souls, and thus, our work.
Shabbat Shalom, friends.
Pick a day of the week this week to set aside one hour of Sabbath rest. (And going to church doesn’t count.)
During this Sabbath, you can read the Bible, listen to worship music. You can even prop your feet up.
Ask God for a steady heart to lead you to a steady life.