Posts Tagged ‘sabbath rest’

I will give you rest (1)

In my youth I wanted more money, as I age I want more time.  I want to do more than just work.  I want to pursue interests, develop ideas, engage friends, and die full rather than exhausted.

Though self-flagellation has gone out of style, many of us drive ourselves like racehorses. We whip ourselves into action, ignoring how exhausted we have become. (2)

For years I have prided myself for working long hours. Despite working long hours, every night I went to bed knowing that my work was not done.  There was something else I should-of or could-of done.  I closed my eyes exhausted rather than satisfied.  This is not a good way to fall asleep.

The pride of drivenness, always gives way to the exhaustion of self-righteousness.

Is rest a dirty word?

Rest can easily move from idleness, to laziness, to nothingness.

Or, rest can move from refreshment, to renewal, to restoration, to meaningfulness.

While we long for the latter, we will only achieve the former if we drive ourselves into exhaustion.

Sabbath-rest is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.

Farmers rotate their crops and rest their fields in order to insure greater yields at the harvest.

I am in the process of deliberately cutting 10 hours out my work week because I have learned that when I am exhausted, I am unable to rest in the Lord.  If I do not rest in the Lord, I am worthless to all.

“My heart, Lord, does not rest until it rests in Thee.” (3)

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  1. Jesus from Matthew 11:28.
  2. Young, Sarah (2004-10-12). Jesus Calling – Deluxe Edition: Enjoying Peace in His Presence (p. 289). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. (edited).
  3. Saint Augustine.

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If you are a regular reader of my blogs, Daily Bread Crumbs or Reclamation316, you that that I frequently write about Sabbath Rest, slowing down, being still, etc.  As a recovering workaholic, I have this sermon down pat.  I can preach all the how-to’s and where-for’s of not resting.

When I write about sabbath rest, a few of you chime in and said, “Preach it pastor!  I love this encouragement.

If I listen for the still small voice of God, I hear Him saying, “Rus, practice what you preach!” (PWYP)

When I began writing my devotionals, I committed myself to posting them daily.  Good writing requires daily discipline and practice.  This is a discipline of reading and writing which soothes my soul.

But even the daily writer needs sabbath rest!

Thus, for the next 16 days, until July 31, I will be PWYP about Sabbath Rest and take a break from writing these daily devotionals.

Come back on August 1.  I will have a word of encouragement for you.

Until then, remember, “God loves you!”

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Think of the enormous leisure of God! He is never in a hurry. (1)

The dog-days of August have come early this year.  It’s hot and dry.  The air conditioner labors to cool down the house, while the body longs for a fresh breeze.  No one is in a hurry these days.

We are use to being in motion.  Rest and leisure are sins in our culture, especially when businesses are cutting back and pushing for more productivity.  “Be busy, stay busy, act busy” has become the workers’ mantra.

Yet, God is inclined to idleness.

After creating the world in 6 days, God created the Sabbath, and has rarely pressed the pedal to the metal since then.  A thousand years in God’s sight is but a day! (2)

A constant cry of God’s children is, “How long, O Lord!”

God proceeds at a resting pace as we run frantic, begging for rest.

Perhaps A. B. Simpson was correct when he wrote:

Often there is nothing as godly as inactivity on our part, or nothing as harmful as restless working, for God has promised to work His sovereign will. (3)

Like most Americans, I was raised on the Puritan work ethic.  Simpson’s counsel does not seem right.

If God is for us, as Paul asserts, and if God wins, as God reveals in His revelation to John, then perhaps we need to trust God, be content in His provisions, and slow down.

If we would trust God more fully, would not contentment and rest come more easily.  When we trust God we drop the entanglements and perplexities of life into God’s hands and leave them there. (3)

He is the Creator of heaven and earth.

Perhaps it is time to Let God be God, and place your life into His hands.

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  1. Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year (Grand Rapids, MI: Oswald Chambers Publications; Marshall Pickering, 1986).
  2. Psalm 90:4
  3. Reimann, Jim; Cowman, L. B. E. (2008-09-02). Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings (p. 263). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

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