Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.
2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
Relax, Rest, and Recover
We now live in a time where being busy and hardworking is extremely valued. So much so that vacations and sick days have been virtually eliminated from the American work experience without much protest or notice. Many of us take pride in having fancy apps and calendars that help us manage our hectic schedules. We encourage people to like us or follow us on various social media platforms as we post updates about our “amazing” lives. Even in the church, it has become fashionable for clergy to have a full calendar of speaking engagements even during supposed summer vacation months.
Nevertheless, while the earth’s northern hemisphere experiences the dog days of summer, hopefully we can all look at Genesis 2:1 for encouragement. Although God worked for 6 out of 7 days, the only day recorded as “holy” is the day of rest. Genesis 1 ends with God taking pride in creation by declaring that everything was good. Even creation before humanity’s fall wasn’t described as holy. The act of rest was. The sabbath day and resting even made into the ten commandments.
Our bodies, minds, and souls need meaningful rest. This may be hard for many Christians and their pastors to digest, but Sunday isn’t supposed to be so long and busy that we are exhausted come Monday. Christians are supposed to be living lives that honor God everyday of the week, not just Sunday. So if you haven’t made relaxation and rest a priority in your life, please do so now. Rest is an act of obedience commanded to us all by our Creator.