While the rest of the world packs away Christmas décor and the holiday celebrations fade into memory, my family celebrations continue. We celebrate four birthdays in January. I try to make them different from each other, allowing each member to have their special day, but it is exhausting. I look forward to February when I can finally get some rest!

I don’t think God wants us so busy we wonder when we can finally get some rest. In fact Scripture commands rest. The 4th Commandment states, “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) Sabbath means a day of rest and religious observance (  John MacArthur explains Sabbath is derived from “to rest or cease from work.” [1] He goes on to write, “Each Sabbath day should have reminded the worshipper that the God whom he praised had indeed made everything in six, twenty-four hour days.”

Our world seems to be cursed with a crazy busyness that draws us away from precious rest and time with our Lord. Our culture says that we need to keep doing something, all the time, filling up our days with more and more activity. It’s up to us to seek out time for rest and worship, and protect it. It will benefit us in many ways.

Seek out some rest, and enjoy physically and spiritually refreshing time with the Lord.

Hebrews 4:9-11

So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.

Have a restful day!



[1]  John MacArthur, MacArthur Bible Commentary, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2005, page 114