Focus Verse: And by the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested (ceased) on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Genesis 2:2 (AMP)
On Yesterday, I had the privilege of participating in Career Day at on of the area High School. I have done this for the past couple of years where I went to technical classes and talked to the students about engineering. But this year was different. This year, I had all non-technicals class where about two percent of the students were interested in engineering. Needless to say, engineering was not the topic of discussion this year.
As I was sharing with the students my matriculation through high school, college and now my daily experiences, I received a lot of questions about life. “What was your childhood like? What is a typical day like for you? Do you like engineering or blogging better?” But one young lady asked a question that I really had to stop and think about. “What do you do to, you know. chill and just enjoy life?”
This question spoke directly to me because I have been really exhausted lately. Searching for more time to get done those necessary things while trying to figure out how to get rejuvenated and refreshed for the days ahead. But the Word of God is clear about how important it is for people of God to rest. The Bible mentions multiple times the importance of rest, Exodus 31:17, Exodus 20:11, Genesis 2:3. If God, the creator of Heaven and Earth saw the importance to resting on a regular basis, what’s makes me above Him?
With the demands of today’s fast-paced society, everyone is always moving. We consistently hear phrases like, “I can sleep when I’m dead. IDGT (I don’t get tired). Sleep is for the weak.” And surprisingly enough, some Christians subscribe to this mindset. Totally disregarding the fact that nothing about these statements are of God, even if you are building the His Kingdom.
God created rest for a reason and rest is essential for us if we want the be the best Kingdom Builders we possibly can be. We are no good to ourselves or anyone else if we are always operating on half full, spiritually, physically or emotionally. As we close out 2016, vow that you will begin to make it a habit to rest regularly, even if you don’t feel like you need it, so that it becomes a part of your 2017 routine. We need a well rested you to help build God’s Kingdom.
Prayer: There is none like You, God. Thank You for creating rest and reminding me of how important it is that I rest regularly. So many times weeks and months can go by before I notice how tired I am and need to rest, please forgive me. During those times of “go” help me to remember, even You rested from work and I am not above You. In the name of Jesus, Amen!