Tired after a long day of work?
Tired after a long string of days of work?
What’s the solution?
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.
Are You Tired?
The summer of my 8th grade year, I was given a job by a friend of our family. Frank’s dad owned a bakery. And Frank and I would work the summer weekends together.
We would start work about midnight. Frank would work on sweet rolls, cakes, and bread. My job was to prepare donut batter and fry donuts.
My donut frying station was behind the oven. The lard in the fryer was about 500 degrees. The oven was set at about the same temperature. You can imagine how hot it would get back there! Add to that we were working in the summer months with no air conditioning!
Working all night, doing some pretty strenuous work, in incredible heat, until 9:00 or 10:00 in the morning. I felt tired like never before!
Rest is the Solution
Frank and I would get home about 10 or 11 in the morning and I usually slept a couple of hours. Then I would have a late lunch, go out and play with my friends, and then go to bed about 7:00 in the evening to get up again at 11 to do it all over again.
I found that I could only do that so many days in a row before I would be so tired that even getting a couple of hours of sleep didn’t help. What I needed was to take off a day or two completely, get a full night’s sleep, and not do anything strenuous in order to rest up completely.
I did this for the next couple of summers with Frank before we both moved on to other things (ironically enough, both of us moved on to working with computers).
God Rested and Jesus Rested
Rest is not only good for a person, it is required for a person’s good health. God created us this way.
In Genesis 1 and 2 we see God creating the entire universe in six days and then “resting” on the seventh day. God wasn’t tired of working as that would indicate that God is not exactly all-powerful.
What God was doing was teaching us that rest is good for our body and soul. It isn’t about napping or lounging in a hammock on a summer’s day.
The rest God created for us on the seventh day is Sabbath rest. It is a time to get close to God through prayer, reading and meditating on his Word, and worshiping him with our brothers and sisters in the faith.
Jesus modeled this same rest to his disciples during his earthly ministry.
Rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed (Mark 1:35).
And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” (Mark 14:33)
Now it happened that as he was praying alone, the disciples were with him (Luke 9:18).
Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” (Luke 11:1)
He went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues (Matthew 4:23).
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read (Luke 4:16).
When you are feeling stressed, or at the point of exhaustion, taking a nap is a good thing. Getting a good night’s sleep of six to nine hours is recommended by many doctors.
But using God’s rest will help you to release the burdens and workloads that are stressing you out and exhausting you.
Taking a true, Sabbath rest, will energize not only your body but also your soul. God will use the time you rest in his Word and the time you rest in worship (especially partaking of them Means of Grace) to strengthen your faith.
Then, well rested, you will be able to love God, serve him and serve the people around you.
Have a good rest!
Heavenly Father I pray for the Holy Spirit to give me the power to accept your invitation to come empty and receive the rest I need. Remove the heaviness of my day and pour your blessing and strength abundantly into my life. Fill me with Your peace, joy, and love. Fill me with your grace so my life reflects the beauty of resting in You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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