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December 26

I hope you’re reading this much later in the day than you usually do, because I hope you slept in today. I hope you have the day off and you are enjoying a bit of a break. I hope you are relaxing, but more than just relaxing, I hope you are relaxing without feeling guilty. Can we relax without feeling guilty? 

I think we need to be reminded that resting is a Holy thing. The first story in the Bible, the story of creation, concludes with God resting. For six days, God creates the universe, the world, and everything we know; but on the seventh day God rests. But rest wasn't just a one-time event. In the desert, when God established a new relationship with the people, after the Exodus from Egypt, they were instructed by the third commandment to rest. During his earthly life, Jesus would often go off by himself, to a quiet place, and rest. If God rested, if Jesus rested, if the Hebrews in the wilderness were instructed to rest, then why can’t we? What gets in the way of resting?

I don’t think this is a silver-bullet answer, but I worry that many of us struggle to rest because we are insecure. We must continue to work or push ahead because we may fall behind or if I stop, they may question my purpose or worth? Is this how God sees us? Too often we think about rest as a break from work, but think about the things that you love to do, your hobbies and passions, could you do those 24/7 or would you need to rest from them too? Professional athletes and musicians know very well what it means to let their bodies rest and recover. They know that if they don't, their bodies won’t be able to perform at their absolute best. Rest is essential. What kind of a relationship do you have with rest?

Thankfully God knows us better than we know ourselves and God knows that we need rest. God modeled rest. Rest gives us the chance to recover and recharge. Rest allows us to clear our minds and take stock of what’s important and what we can let go of. Rest is Holy. Rest is a gift from God. Rest.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Chris
Last Published: December 28, 2018 7:19 PM