It’s kind of funny that God had to command us to rest.
Let’s be honest, we probably all have a friend, family member or co-worker who could use a reminder TO work. Seems like rest is something that many people in our culture have mastered.
However, on closer inspection, it is a lack of true rest that has us running around like chickens with our heads cut off (how’s that for ugly imagery!). Many people are busy, but not really going anywhere. We are restless. Jumping from one project to another, trying to find meaning and enjoyment, but often missing out on both in the blur of busyness.
That’s a problem. One that God wants to help us solve.
Our Fruitfulness is directly tied to our Restfulness
When we learn to rest in the work of God, we become strong. When we rely on God and find our strength in him, he gives us the ability to do far more than we could in our own strength.
It may seem counter-intuitive, but restfulness is the key to fruitfulness.
Humankind was made to be productive. We thrive on transforming things, making them better, faster, more beautiful. We were created this way by God. He is a designer, the ultimate Creative! In order to be at our most productive we need to use our time wisely and make the most of every opportunity (Ephesians 5:15-17).
Some think that to make the most out of every day they need to squeeze every drop of time out of the day. Arnold Schwarzenegger said that in order to get more things done people need to learn to “sleep faster.”
This is not the solution.
Finding Our Rhythm
Instead, we need to get back to the rhythms of life that we were designed with. One day in seven needs to be set aside to rest and enjoy all we have been a part of creating in the past week. This may look different from one person to the next, but the principle holds true-we are best with rest.
This summer I challenge you to take time to rest. Shut off your phone, turn off your notifications, and go for a walk, or take a nap. Maybe the best thing you could do is go for a bike ride with your family or a coffee with friends. But whatever you do, take time to speak with God and listen to his leading. Thank Him for his blessings, talk to him about your concerns, and find his strength in your weakness.
May this be your most restful summer ever!
*I hope to see you this Sunday at North Pointe. We will have pancakes before each service to celebrate Canada Day.