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.
Rest is important, even vital to life, but our culture is so fast and demanding, that we rarely find time for rest, or rest may feel like we are being lazy. However, there are many places we can get a queue to take a rest. Nature is one example. There are four seasons. The environment rests in winter. Animals rest, some even hibernate. When we bake, we often let the dough rest. And in music, rests are necessary to ensure the melody plays correctly.
There are many benefits to rest. An article from Inc. Magazine explains twelve physical, mental, and emotional benefits to regular rest.
- Reduces stress
- Gives you time for recreation
- Reduces the risk of heart disease
- Boosts your immune system
- You sleep better
- Adds years to your life
- Restores mental energy
- You’ll be more creative
- You’ll be more productive when you return to work
- Better focus and mental clarity
- Improves short-term memory
- With regular time away from work, you might even love your job again!
You can read the full article here: https://www.inc.com/rhett-power/a-day-of-rest-12-scientific-reasons-it-works.html
Rest is also a command from God. Exodus 34:21 states, “Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest. In plowing time and in harvest you shall rest.”
Mark Buchanan states, “Most of the things we need to be most fully alive never come in busyness. They grow in rest.” And, Alan Cohen tells us, “There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.”
After the death of John the Baptist, Jesus told his Disciples, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.” (Mark 6:31-32)
And Matthew 11:28-30 explains (The Message Version),
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Laziness is different that rest. The lazy person seeks rest as their goal, rarely or never pursing worthwhile activities. The Bible describes the lazy person as a sluggard and wicked (Proverbs 10:4, 12:11, 20:4). And the Apostle Paul warns, “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever (1 Timothy 5:8).
Rest is so very important to a your physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Won’t you take a break today and get some rest?
Blessings on your day.
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