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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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On the 7th Day,

God was finished with the work He had done

and He rested! (1)

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My oldest son was a long distance swimmer in high school and college.  While he was a good sprinter, he had the strength, endurance, and patience to win a long distance race.

Marathoners in any sport start well and pace themselves for the long haul.  They do not fret over losing segments of the race, rather they focus on being strong for the finish.  A good marathoner knows the importance of resting during the race.  

Even in The Kentucky Derby, which is frequently seen as a sprint, the jockey must allow his horse to rest at some point during the race to be strong for the finish.  It is rare for the winner of The Derby to lead from wire-to-wire.  How many times have you seen the leader from the opening bell run out of gas during the last 3 lengths?

We live in a non-stop world.  The pressure is on us to produce, to be active, to succeed, and to be on top of our game 24/7.  

We try to succeed at what God refused to attempt!

God took a rest after 6 days of inspirational speaking.  He rested on the 7th day and commended the same rest to every one of us.  But let’s face it, we are convinced that we are too good, too worthy, too important, too strong to need rest every 7 days.

Without rest we break, we fail, we crash, we hit a wall, and we lose the race.  Our good fight is for naught because we forgot about the 3 minute break between each 3 minute round.

Why do we do this?

I believe we refuse to allow ourselves the grace to rest, to miss a deadline, to not get item number 23 checked off of today’s To Do List because we want to prove ourselves better than God.

David reminded us, “Be still and know I am God!”  (2)

We cannot know God 24/7 if we go 24/7.

Grant yourself gracious rest today.  

I did yesterday and I feel much better today.

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  1. Genesis 2:2.
  2. Psalm 46:10

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