Athlete, Rest

Genesis 2:1-3 says this: "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.  And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation."

Athlete, God never stops working (John 5:17), but He does rest from his initial work of creation.  He builds a rhythm of work and rest into creation.  He sets apart a day of the week for celebration, reflection, and rest.  It is a day of worship, as we discover more fully later in Scripture. How about you? Do you take time to rest and reflect? 

Questions for Reflection and Prayer

1. Why do we need time for worship, rest, reflection, and rejuvenation?  What happens to you when you do not have it?

2. Is the creational rhythm of work and rest built into your day, your week, and your year?  When you do not have rhythms of work and rest, what keeps you from it?  Do you need to trust God with your work in order to take time to rest?  Do you need to work more diligently or with less distraction when you are working, so that you have time to truly rest in God?  Search your heart and life for these answers.

3. What changes do you need to pray about and make in order to have rest in your day, your week, and your year?  Take time to praise and thank God for his desire and ability to give us rest.

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