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 2:2-3 NIV
The Lord is serious about rest. Serious. He speaks of it in His Word 271 times in the NIV. To rest is to remember. If God Himself rests, we have to recognize it’s importance.
I don’t think God gets tired and yet we see that He rests. I think its because He doesn’t want to miss the goodness of His creation. If God rests in order not to miss the goodness of His creation, why do we wait to rest until we are dead tired, dragging ourselves half wrecked around our lives barely able to keep our eyes open? That’s not rest, that’s exhaustion. How can we enjoy the goodness of our God and our lives like that?
God came to give us life and life abundantly. Rest helps us maintain balance. Rest gives us space from ourselves in order to remember the good things God has given us in our lives.
Rest today, friends. Rest, recognize and and remember His goodness in the land of the living today.