It’s best to go back to the beginning as we look at the Lord’s emphasis on rest. “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.” (Gen 2:2) Whether you believe in a literal seven day creation or not, the focus of this passage of scripture is that God himself took time to rest. He reflected on his work and took a break. For some reason we discount this activity of God and believe that we are too indispensable to take a day off.
I believe that our adverse mindset toward rest is tied in with pride. The best definition I have seen on pride is, “believing we are God.” At our core, we believe that we are in control. We can’t imagine taking an extended time of rest because we think that the world only works when we are active. If we take a break then things will not get done. This is sin of the worst kind because we don’t allow space for God to get at us. We would be wise to confess our pride and consciously take a break this week.
The challenge for today is to look at your week. Figure out the best 24-hour period (it could be from one day at 5:00 PM to the next at 5:00) to stop working. This includes work around that house. Just try it and see if that Lord doesn’t honor it. He is patiently waiting for us to rest in Him and release control.