You can’t give someone else anything you don’t have.
That is why rest is extremely important. I know that I need to take time each week to be in chill mode. And everyone’s “chill mode” is different but for me that means being at rest on my couch, in my home, with my family. That is my Sabbath and I make time for that at least once a week.
If I do not take rest, I know that my job, my ministry, and my family won’t get the best version of me. I need to be refueled and rejuvenated. If I’m running on fumes, the people around me won’t get the best version of LaMorris.
God knew how important it would be for us to rest, and He made it very clear that we are to obey His command to do so:
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but He rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” —Exodus 20:8-11
Did God need to rest? Absolutely not. God doesn’t get tired.
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom.” —Isaiah 40:28
So why did God rest? He was very intentional about keeping the Sabbath. He led by example, setting a very important precedent for us because He knew we would need to rest.
If rest was that important to God, it needs to be that important to us. No matter who much we have to do, or how many people are demanding our time, we must commit to obey God’s command to rest.
—LaMorris Crawford, Chaplain of the Cincinnati Bengals
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