Saturday, June 22, 2013
There remains, then a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; (Hebrews 4:9 NIV)
There is a tension between work and rest and a time under heaven for both. But sometimes I struggle to find the healthy rhythm that pleases You. You ordained both diligence and ease. You desire for us to excel in work and ministry, but You also are delighted when we allow time for Sabbath-rest.
In our busy culture, those who are highly successful in business are lauded and praised. We don't normally find encouragement when we take time to rest and play. But God rested on the seventh day after His creation of the world. He did this to provide an example for us so we would learn to take time to worship Him and find refreshment.
Teach us Lord to work diligently as unto You. Teach us to be productive and to use our time wisely for your glory. But, Lord, help us to know when to lay aside the daily grind and to glory in Your embrace. For there is both a time to work and a time to rest and receive all that You have for us. Thank You Father! In Jesus name we pray, Amen.