We can’t talk about spending our time without at some point coming around to what it means to rest. Rest is sadly lacking in our culture. The ability to “multi-task” is held up as a virtue; we’re addicted to technology which connects us to work and to our “social network” constantly; we’re swamped with information, much of it worrisome– even if we quiet our bodies, it’s hard to shut off the continual thoughts and anxieties that beset us.
God knew that we needed rest. At the time of creation, he established a Sabbath.
“And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.” Genesis 2:2-3
Of course, we know that Jesus spoke out against a need to follow the myriad rules about the Sabbath created by the Pharisees. All this keeping track of what could be lawfully done on the day of rest was decidedly unrestful! Jesus knew that what people needed was true rest, the kind they could only find in Him.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28
True rest is found in taking a break from competition, worldly cares and anxieties. It comes from trusting God instead of ourselves, our government or even our family — all these things can fail. It comes from discovering who we really are — God’s creation, made to serve Him and others. It comes from realizing our true worth as God’s child. For many of us find the best way to find rest is to set aside time to spend with God, get to know Him and His plan for our lives. It can happen ever Sunday morning at worship services. So this week — get some rest, real rest.