Words from the Heart for Wednesday September 9th, 2020
And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
Genesis 2:2 (KJV)
During World War 1, Canadian soldiers did not spend all of their time fighting in the trenches or preparing for battle. There was leisure time, especially when soldiers rotated to the rear areas. In order to get the rest they needed, soldiers rotated into and out of the front lines. They spent four to six days in the front trenches before moving back and spending an equal number of days in the secondary and, finally, the reserve trenches. They were also allowed some leave time to England.
One of the most interesting part of the creation story in the book of Genesis is what we read in Genesis 2:2: “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.” By nature, God is all powerful and completely self-sustaining. The Psalmist tells us that God never slumbers or sleeps. And yet, Genesis here tells us that on the seventh day He rested from all His work. The question then is a simple one – why? He didn’t need to for His own good. So He must have rested for our benefit. We may be the height of His creation, but we are not self-sustaining. We need rest and renewal. When Jesus was here, fully human, He went up into a mountain or got into a boat in order to get a break from the rigours of His ministry. We all need to get a good night’s sleep, and we need to take rest on a regular basis. God has set the standard on this. How can you build into your life some Sabbath rest?
These have been words from the heart.