Words from the Heart for Sunday June 6th, 2021
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.
Genesis 2:2 (NIV)
Resting from all Your Work
Prior to the pandemic, 82% of Canadian employees worked primarily from an external workplace, and today, that’s down to 27%—with 59% now working remotely. This dip is most pronounced in the hardest-hit provinces, Quebec and Ontario. As the world adjusts to the new working environment, organizations are trying to develop best practices for remote working and returning to the workplace. But while 78% of employers expect at least a partial return to the office in the next three months, only one in five employees says they want to go back to their workplace full time.
Everywhere we turn these days we are hearing about COVID exhaustion. After 16 months of this pandemic and at least four waves, producing lockdown, shutdowns and daily changes to what we are allowed and not allowed to do, it seems the entire country, the entire world, is tired. This was never God’s plan for human beings. Even as He was creating the world, God took the highest of His creation into consideration. Genesis 2:2 says, “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.” God didn’t need to rest. He is by nature completely self-sufficient. But He knew this wouldn’t be the case for those He created. He built sleep into our nature; He designed night and day. He is concerned that you get the rest that you need. He designed Sabbath. If this was so important to God, it must be for those of us who have come to know Him through faith in Jesus Christ. Be sure to get the rest you need to live a full life. Take your Sabbath.
These have been words from the heart.