Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his 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 2:1 – 3
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
- Exodus 20:8 – 11
In Genesis 2 God steps back from his work to rest. In doing this, God places rest into his great story and invites us to join him in stepping back from our work to have fun, enjoy people, and restore our souls.
Sadly, many of us do not accept God’s gracious invitation. On our days off, we stay connected to our work through technology. We sit in bed at night scrolling through Instagram when we should be sleeping. Fearing we will be passed by, we often keep the pedal pressed hard to the floor. In doing this, the theme of our story becomes hurry, hustle, and toil, instead of work, rest, and renewal. Tragically, when this happens, the people we are called to love and the God we are created to enjoy are passed over for the next thing that we feel must get done.
As you start this Christmas season, consider the days that you will rest. Spend a few minutes today looking at your calendar for the coming month and setting aside some time to rest. What will you do on those days? Who will you spend those moments with? Are there traditions that need to end this year because they don’t restore your soul? Are there traditions you need to keep?
One tradition my family got rid of a few years ago was preparing an elaborate Christmas dinner. For us, spending all day in the kitchen was not restful. So we have opted for a simple Christmas dinner which allows us to spend the day playing games together. For us that is restful. What about for you? What will you do in this season to rest?
A Moment to Reflect
What sticks out to you from Genesis 2:1 – 3?
What keeps you from resting well?