We all need periods of rest in our lives. Genesis 2:2 tells us that even God rested from His work when He was done creating the heavens and the earth. He also blessed the seventh day as a day of rest, and went on to instruct His people to rest, as He had done, every seven days.
Why would a perfect God need rest? Surely His muscles were not tired, and His mind was not weary. The fact that God Himself would choose to rest indicates that there is a sacred, special quality to rest that we all need in our lives.
- It is a time to step back and survey the work that has been done.
- It is a time to shift focus for a while, so that we may return with renewed energy.
- It is a time to consider new ideas and concepts with the freedom afforded by a clear and uncluttered schedule.
- It is a time to remember what things are really important that we may have been neglecting.
- It is a time for family.
- It is a time for solitude.
Jesus actually advocated vacation time for His apostles:
“The apostles gathered together with Jesus; and they reported to Him all that they had done and taught. And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.) They went away in the boat to a secluded place by themselves.” – Mark 6:30-32
Times of rest also serve as times of renewal. What do you need to take a rest from for a while?
“Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.” – Luke 5:16