In this day and age it’s so easy to get caught in this secular illusion that ‘doing’ = success. That filling your days with bountiful plans equates to happiness and that you have to always be doing ‘something’. That having quiet days with no plan to them means you aren’t ‘getting out there’ and you’re ‘watching life slip away’. But the Bible says differently.
Genesis 2:1-3 [NIV]
‘By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.’
God created the sabbath, a day given to us as a gift, to stop. To rest. To reflect. To rewind. A day that is not defined by doing, but by NOT doing.
As Christian’s, I think many of us don’t realise the significance of the sabbath, because it is the complete opposite of what todays society teaches us. As a general culture, we as humans have a fear of time. A fear of losing time. And yes, we should use this time on Earth wisely, but we should also respect the gift of the sabbath, to show God we trust His practices and to constantly return to Him and surrender it all back. To reaffirm our loyalty to Him in a culture of counterfeits. Genesis teaches us so evidently that even God needed a day of rest, so why wouldn’t we?
I’m sure many of you are sat reading this thinking ‘I do practice sabbath, every Sunday I go to church and then spend the afternoon relaxing watching TV and chilling out‘, and yes as much as that is physical rest and so valuable, I’d challenge whether this was personal, spiritual rest? There’s such a big difference between relaxation and rest. Relaxation is important and helpful, but it isn’t deep or soul satisfying. It’s good for the head but its not good enough for the soul. The soul needs REST, time to refresh and reset, to allow your heart to walk back to it’s core values and reflect how we can constantly come back to God.
‘The movement from exhaustion to rest is a movement from fear to trust’ – ‘Beautiful Resistance’ Jon Tyson
I challenge you guys to really reflect on your weekly schedules, are you having intentional time of rest, actively practicing sabbath, taking out a period of time to bring it back to God and allow your soul to dwell in a refreshing and replenishing of God’s goodness.