Genesis 2:1 – Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. (Verse 2) And on the seventh day, God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. (Verse 3) Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
Why would God, a God that never sleeps, rest? Is it possible that one of the reasons is that like a concerned parent He lies down beside an exhausted child who needs a nap? Is it possible that God knows that we need to rest and therefore out of His love for us He literally lies down one day a week beside us? How many of us are missing the opportunity to rest with God?
Psalm 95:7 – For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice: (Verse 8) “Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, and as in the day of trial in the wilderness, (Verse 9) when your fathers tested Me; they proved Me, though they saw My work. (Verse 10) For forty years I was grieved with that generation, and said, ‘It is a people who go astray in their hearts, and they do not know My ways.’ (Verse 11) So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’ “
Now look how the New Testament pulls these two passages together(Genesis and Psalm 95): Hebrews 4:4 – For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; (Verse 5) and again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest.” (Verse 6) Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience,
(Verse 7) again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” after such a long time as it has been said: “Today if you will hear My voice, do not harden your hearts.” (Verse 8) For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. (Verse 9) There remains, therefore, a rest for the people of God.
There should be an attitude of rest more than the “action” of rest. This is more than just taking one day a week off from work. We don’t have to be legalistic about this. If a person has to work on Sunday, then take another day of the week off.
Do you live with an attitude of rest, minus worry and stress, knowing that our God is on the throne and has everything under control? If we want an attitude of rest, we might have to change our attitudes in some other areas.
Our Attitude Toward Work
Does your life revolve around work? We will never appreciate the gift of rest until we understand the gift of work. Work is a gift from God. Genesis 2:15 – Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.
God gave Adam a job to do. He wanted Adam to do something that would be rewarding and fulfilling. God gave each of us a gift that we could do something with our minds and our hands and after we do it, we feel fulfilled. God gave us work because He loves us.
The word “vocation” means “the work that the voice told you to do.” Think about your job. Were you called by God to do that job? Is a fireman called by God? Is a nurse, and so on called by God? What comes to mind when someone says, “The work of the Lord?” We think of a pastor or missionary. Whatever we do, as a believer, that is the “Work of the Lord” for you. Everyone is not called to be a preacher or a missionary. God does the calling and God gives the gifts. This doesn’t mean that a person has to have a calling or job outside of the home either. You can have a calling to be a mom and a wife or a husband or father. The best rest we will ever have is after doing what God has called us to do.
We Need To Change Our Attitude Toward Time
Are you one of those people that are always rushing, trying to save time? We cannot make time. It’s already been made. We can’t add one second to our day. We also cannot save time either. Time is like money. We have a certain amount and we have to manage it. Time goes out of our account every second, so we can’t save it. We can only spend time. Are we going to spend it wisely or are we going to waste it? We have a choice every day how we spend our time.
Why do so many of us believe that resting is a poor investment of our time? The fourth commandment is: Remember the Sabbath. Exodus 20:8 says, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” If you read on, God tells us why: It is to remember creation. In Deuteronomy 5:12-15, God says we are to remember the Sabbath because we were slaves and God redeemed us. So there are two reasons to remember the Sabbath: One is that God created us and the other is because when we fell, God redeemed us.
We Need to Change Our Attitude Toward God
If we have a difficult time resting, could it because we don’t trust God? We think God might not be up to the task of taking care of things if we’re not working at it ourselves. Either God is in control of our lives or He’s not. He’s either working all things out for our good or He’s not. The Bible says in Hebrews that “they could not enter His rest because of “unbelief!” Do you trust God to take care of you? All that concerns you?
The Jewish Sabbath begins in the evening. Why? It begins at sunset. Well, what do we do shortly after dark, we go to sleep? When we’re asleep, we aren’t controlling anything. We are not creating, worrying, doing anything but dreaming. And when we’re asleep, we are the most vulnerable. We completely trust when we sleep.
Our rest should start with a good night’s sleep. God wants us to go to sleep and trust Him to work it all out. I personally had to learn to just go to sleep and stop worrying about things I couldn’t change, only He could change them.
Worrying and stressing changes nothing. However, God can be fully trusted with every concern we have. We need to live with an attitude of rest, meaning; An attitude of trust!
When we trust in God for all we need and believe He loves us and will take care of us, we can rest like we’re supposed to. Our heavenly Father loves us and sees all that concerns us, so trust Him and believe it will be better than what we could imagine! Psalm 138:8 – The LORD will perfect all that concerns me,…