Work and Rest2
Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 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.
- Genesis 2:1-3
If you didn’t know Sabbath was coming, you could never have predicted it.
In Genesis’ first chapter, God performed the most complex and majestic work of creation ever. Better than the Sistine Chapel. Better than Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Even better than a grilled cheese sandwich where both sides of both pieces of bread are grilled and there’s bacon and fancy cheese and bacon. Majestic creation, complete.
God worked and worked and worked. There’s nothing inherently bad, evil, or miserable about work … no matter our experience. God’s work is so beautiful, so grand, so very, very good. Why would he ever stop working?
There’s a goodness to rest that’s not easy to see. Sabbath sets a day aside (that’s what it means when it says that the seventh day is holy). And God blessed that day. The reverberations of that blessing touch every atom of the universe and every moment in history.
From God’s initial creative work in the universe work and rest are intertwined. You can only work as hard as you rest. You can only rest as hard as you work. Rest is more than sitting on a couch. Work is more than a paying job. You can rest with small kids in the house and work even if you’re retired.
Don’t try to balance work and rest. Work with all your might. Then rest throw yourself into rest. Those who cannot rest will find themselves struggling to work at their fullest capacity. They may not even realize it. We may not
Who knows what we’d be capable of if only we’d receive the Lord’s blessing of rest?