But What if I’m Not Tired?

December 30, 2021

So the heavens and the earth and everything in them were completed. On the seventh day God had completed his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, for on it he rested from all his work of creation. These are the records of the heavens and the earth, concerning their creation. 

Genesis 2:1-4

Written by Paul Wilkinson from the Brentwood Campus

The seventh day of creation is both climatic and disruptive. We don’t get the same formula as in all of the other days. There’s no parallel day, rather the seventh day stands alone, stands uniquely. We don’t get evening and morning. Instead, we get: completed, rested, blessed.

God’s creation of the universe had come to its completion, God rested (to be understood as ceased creating the universe), and God blessed (to be understood as sanctified) that seventh day. This 6-and-1 pattern is to be a model for us regarding how we live our lives. Jesus taught that “the Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27). It is to our benefit that we rest, spend this Sabbath day in worship focusing on the Lord.

One of my favorite texts is Deuteronomy 8:17-18. Moses warns the Israelites before they enter the promised land that the Lord intends to bless them, but that they must be careful not to get complacent, distracted, or arrogant with that blessing. He prophesies that “You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain the wealth in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.” This trap is an easy one to fall into when “success” in our culture means working until you destroy your family, being sure that our children have at least a dozen activities and obligations, and where vacation time becomes an “out” for the undedicated. I think this truth rings true today.

I continue to “exist” only because God continues to “think” about me, to hold me in existence. Each morning and each breath is utterly dependent upon the Lord. So, who am I fooling if I think I can get ahead by working through my Sabbath? Do I really think I’m so important and necessary that I must skip a Sabbath to do “my” work? My work, our work, is the expansion of God’s kingdom to God’s supreme glory and our supreme joy. We do this by making disciples. And true disciples of Jesus recognize the need of Sabbath: a devoted time for worship, reflection, rejuvenation, fellowship, and study. Trust God that you will accomplish more and find more purpose if you intentionally seek regular rest through Sabbath.

What Now?

Donald Whitney on Sabbath

Tim Keller on Sabbath

 

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