“”And on the seventh day God finished His work … and HE RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY FROM ALL HIS WORK..”
– Genesis 2:2-3
“And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 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.”
Rest is God’s idea. It was conceived in the heart of God. It is the will of God for man. Adam was not omnipotent nor omniscient. God wanted man to learn dependence and not Independence – God taught and God empowered. So, does He want us to learn. We all like independence and not God dependence. Rest was a special time for man to depend on God and draw his own sense of identify, fulfillment, satisfaction, strength, vigour, wisdom, power….
God created man on the sixth day, but the seventh day, which was the first day for Adam (man), was a day of rest. Adam began with rest and not work. What an irony when compared with our modern day culture, where work is dominant, isn’t it? We have even invented our own philosophy: “Work is worship” and this philosophy has endangered our life today and the society is at large. We treat work as though God had created ‘man for work’, instead of ‘work for man’. Work is good but equation is wrong. When the equations are wrongly applied, it is inevitable that we not reap the consequences. We are already reaping the consequences infact: high divorce rates, broken marriages, broken families, broken lives, increase in suicide rates, stress, depression, fight and dissatisfaction in work places; have they not become of our daily food? We are robbed of our joy, peace and happiness and we are living an empty life. Imagine if we rest with God before we begin the work, wouldn’t there be a clear sense of purpose in our work, a clear direction, burning motivation, creativity, innovation, ideas, strength, determination, wisdom and a sense of satisfaction and joy at the end of it?
God had two great purpose for Adam (man) :
1. To Be – be the image of God, perfectly reflecting God’s glory (beauty). This still remains the greatest call for man.
2. To Do. Rule and govern God’s creation.
“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” – Genesis 1:26
But Adam could not have fulfilled any of the above purposes by being independent of God. Only in God’s presence Adam could devour more of God’s glory and get the wisdom, direction and power to rule and subdue the earth. What a perfect way for Adam to begin His day by entering into the rest of God. God has already shown us how to begin.
The principle hasn’t changed today. It begins by entering God’s rest. It’s unfortunate, most people try to enter the rest after having worked first, that is, turn the work into a mess, and then seek God for rest from our mess. I believe, we could have avoided many of those mess in our lives, had we rested with God and sought for His wisdom and guidance; if only rest with God had preceded work. Let us not dig our own cisterns and drink from it, for it our way, it can never give us what God’s has planned for our lives. Jesus is the fountain of living water. He is our rest. We will find everything that we need to fulfill God’s purpose in our lives – To Be and To Do.
Busy Christians are weak, confused and lost Christians. Their vigour is unmatched when it comes to work but when it comes to spirituality, they are like frozen ice. It’s perfect to begin each day by entering the rest that we have in Christ Jesus. Did you enter His rest today?
“God did not create man for work but work for man – We need to get the equations right. When we will get the equations right, then our life will be flooded with true joy and happiness and a sense of satisfaction.”
Prayer: Heavenly father, teach us to enter into your rest everyday, for in your rest our strength, wisdom and accomplishments. Amen