Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Stop. Drop. Rest.

Springtime seems like the busiest time of the year. 

Sports tournaments and practices and end-of-year exams and summer preparations and phones ringing off the hook and cluttered desks leave us feeling drained and exhausted. 

Of all Ten Commandments, which is the longest? One might think it would be the proclamation concerning murder, or adultery, or false idols. But the lengthiest commandment is this: 

 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but He rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy." - Exodus 20:8-11

God knows us so well. He knew it would take more than just one sentence to convince us of our desperate need for rest. He already hears our objections before we can form the words in our heads. 

"But I have so much to do!" 
"I'm on a deadline!" 
"Someone has to get this stuff done!" 

But our kind Father quiets us with His love and reminds us that if the world didn't fall apart when He rested, it certainly won't fall apart when we do. 

"Yet I am always with you; You hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory." - Psalm 73:23-24

Fix your eyes on the One taking your hand and guiding you into glory. 

Change your focus and relax. Stop and make time to rest your body and rejuvenate your soul. 

Come and do just that tonight at MidWeek as we stop to sit and soak in the Word of God as we conclude our Secret Church video series. We'll see you at 6 PM following the 5 PM MidWeek Meal!