In this time of exams and revision, the idea of resting feels a long way away. I know I’m looking forward to July and just hoping the work I have to do between now and then doesn’t prove too difficult.
I know also that this time of busyness has an effect on my relationship with God as I haven't spent so much time with Him, and that effects how I love other people. John Mark Comer suggested recently that in his experience “80% of loving well is being emotionally healthy and spiritually awake.”
Fortunately, right from the beginning of the Bible God sets out a plan for rest “And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done.”
The Sabbath is not only found in Old Testament tradition (it’s also the fourth of the Ten Commandments). At the end of Matthew 11 we find a beautiful passage affirming the same idea. Jesus says “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
We need to rediscover the idea of Sabbath Rest in our lives. It’s so countercultural when we live in a society driven toward making us chase after our desires, be they for accomplishment in work or accumulation of wealth. But in order to connect with God, our source of everything, rest is fundamental. So, let’s remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.
All the best lads,