Exodus 20:3, “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 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. 11 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.
My blog this week has been dedicated to answering the question—“How do I move from being stressed to blessed.” Yesterday, we saw the first key which was: “You must look to God to meet all your needs!”
Key #2: “We must obey God’s instructions about rest!” You heard me right, “Rest!”
A lot of stress comes from our overworked, overscheduled, over-busy lives. God could have created our bodies to not sleep, but He did not. He created a body that will spend about one third of its life on earth sleeping.
God modeled the idea of rest in creation. He was not tired, but the Bible says “He rested”. Also, God put rest in the Ten Commandments.
Exodus 20:8, “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work…”
God created us to rest. Here is what Psalm 23 says in verse 2, “He makes me lie down in green pastures…” did you hear that…God made you to rest.
The second key to moving from being stressed to blessed is learning to rest.
Think about it and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph,D