Anyone who knows the Ten Commandments has heard the command to take a Sabbath rest. The charge is to take one day a week to recharge. We take a break from our busyness to refresh ourselves. Sounds good, but I really struggle to take a rest.
Throughout the Old Testament, the prophets linked two warnings together: honor the Sabbath and don’t turn to idols. Here’s one example:
Also with uplifted hand I swore to them in the desert that I would not bring them into the land I had given them—a land flowing with milk and honey, most beautiful of all lands—because they rejected My laws and did not follow my decrees and desecrated My Sabbaths. For their hearts were devoted to their idols.
For me, work can become an idol. If I don’t take a Sabbath rest I’m really saying, “I can do it all.” Or maybe even, “If I don’t do it, it won’t get done.” By saying this, I’m making my work more important than my acknowledgment that God is in control.
Here’s what I’m questioning in myself: Do I work all the time because…
- …I think I’m so important?
- …or my work is so important?
- …I have poor time management skills?
- …I don’t trust God to provide?
- …I’ve said “yes” to things I shouldn’t have?
I’m asking the Holy Spirit to help me see why I struggle to take a Sabbath rest, and He has been showing me a few areas for improvement. I’ll be making those adjustments so that I can take a day of real rest.
I’d love your help on this one:
- What have you learned about working smarter so that you can take a day of rest?
- What does a “Sabbath” look like for you?
- Have you had to deal with this issue? What resolution did you come to?