Powered by 4 - January 5, 2017

REST

Today's reading: Genesis 2:1-3

The opening verses of Genesis 2 hit me like a ton of bricks this morning. These three short verses show us, quite clearly, that God rested after His work week.

When I was growing up, Sunday was truly a day of rest from the work week. Every store was closed (and I do mean every) and after spending the morning in church, Sunday afternoons consisted of spending time with family, taking naps, reading, relaxing—all ways of taking a break from typical work. That's certainly not the norm today. We don't see much designated rest time anymore. For the most part, we've become a society that runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And when we try to squeeze in some rest, we tend to feel guilty about it. Running 24/7 is not the way God designed us to live.

"So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation" (vs. 3).

What do these verses show us about the importance of a having a designated day of rest? When is the last time you really rested? Why is rest so important--physically, spiritually and emotionally? Tami

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