Have you ever:
- Needed a vacation after your vacation?
- Felt guilty for taking a day to do nothing?
- Felt busier on your day off then you do during the week, or feel busier in retirement than you ever did when you were working?
- Woken up after 8 or 9 hours of sleep and still not felt rested?
- Found yourself with a persistent and unshakeable exhaustion?
Well, then you might have a Sabbath problem.
You see, while God invites us into the work that He is doing, He also created us to find periods of rest. Yes, we are called to share in His mission and work hard in His kingdom, but He also knows that we need to stop our working and rest in Him.
In fact, from the very beginning God has set aside one day of the week, often called the Sabbath Day, and tells us to quit our working and worrying. God knows just how much we need this day. Not only do our bodies need it, but also our souls.
The Sabbath Day is a day to pray and play. It’s a day to stop talking and instead listen to God. It’s a day to stop working and instead rest easy in God’s work. It’s a day that re-orientates us to our Creator. In some ways, it’s a humbling day. On the Sabbath Day we are reminded that we are not as crucial as we think we are, and that God will get done His work even while we are sitting on the sidelines.
And so, even today, God wants us to take a Sabbath Day. He wants us to pause and trust in His mighty works. But, He also wants us to recognize where we find our true and lasting rest. And that doesn’t come from a day, but from a person: from Jesus.
The Sabbath Day, while good for us, also points us to Jesus where we find eternal rest. It’s Jesus, and His work, which allows us to rest easy. We don’t have to work to balance the scales of our mistakes – Jesus has taken care of that. We don’t have to work to earn God’s love – it’s ours in Christ. We don’t have to work to earn God’s favor – that is also ours on account of Christ. We don’t have to worry about where we will spend eternity – because of Jesus we’ll be with Him.
All of us our tired. At least most of the time. There is so much to work and worry about. But, in Jesus we find true rest for our souls – both here and now, but also for eternity.
So, take your Sabbath. Let it recharge you. Let it remind you that as important as you think you are, God is in control. As you stop from your working, remember that God never does.
And then, remember where your eternal Sabbath rest comes from: Jesus.