Rest Is Hard Work

Taking a rest is hard work. The gig economy and technology make it hard to stop working. Until, my body was down with flu since yesterday. This means that I have to slow down and rest.

This kind of rest and the rainy weather made me reflect more about rest.

Remember to rest.

One of the ten commandments that I neglect the most is the fourth one: You shall remember and keep the Sabbath day holy.

It is not hard to follow the other commandments. No other God. Do not steal. Do not murder. Do not covet. But it is easy to forget the command of God to take a rest.

Be still.

Be still, and know that I am God. – Psalm 46:10

Working so hard beyond the hours required (without rest) is a heart issue. It is an issue of trust. Maybe you are working too much because you do not trust that God is doing something in your midst while you rest.

Be still means we have to cease striving, stop fighting, no persevering. Be still in God knowing that He has completed the good work already.

It is finished.

It is completed. It is done. There is a difference when we work every day knowing that He has done it already. He has prepared in advance the good work that we are to do.

He even reminded us not to worry about tomorrow. God’s Word is clear—believers are not to be given over to anxiety of the work that is to be done.

Take a break.

Give yourself a break from all the things that cause you unrest.

Do not read, reply nor send an email over the weekend. You are giving a favor to the other side of the email to take a rest too.

Rest from the clutter of social media. I try most weeks to take a rest from my phone and computer from noon Saturday to noon Sunday. I sometimes leave it at home when I am with my wife.

If you struggle to rest, go back to the Gospel. The drive to work hard is maybe out of self-justification to accomplish more so that others may prove your worth.

Remember, our rest is not just the Sabbath day. Our rest is in the one who said He will give us the rest and will carry the hard labor for us.

Photo by Angelina Kichukova on Unsplash

Photo by Anete Lūsiņa on Unsplash

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