Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.
2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. Genesis 2:1-3
Did God need to rest? The answer is no. God is all powerful and the concept of God being tired or exhausted from His work is ridiculous. He is all powerful and has no limit to His power. Therefore the feeling of exhaustion or being tired does not apply to an all powerful God.
God rested on the seventh day to create a spiritual principle by which we must live our lives. God knew when He created Adam and Eve that they would sin. The plan of salvation was put into place long before Adam and Eve were ever created. Both God the Father and Jesus understood that if man was created in God’s image and was given freewill, that man would choose to reject God and His ways.
God knew that man would sin and therefore when sin entered the human race that death would enter the human race. Our bodies every day are breaking down and because of this we require proper rest to be able to perform at maximum capacity.
The Sabbath under the law was observed on the seventh day. The Jews were called to observe the Sabbath and were to take part in no work. Under the New Covenant we no longer are bound by the law. The observance of the Sabbath is not a requirement, but it is spiritual principle that should be applied to our lives.
As believers in Jesus Christ we observe the first day of the week in which we get together and honor the Lord as one. We do this because it was on Sunday that Jesus rose from the dead. We honor Sunday as the Lord’s day because it was the day that He was resurrected.
It is also important as believers that we understand the importance of rest. Many times our lives can become overloaded with activity. It is very easy to get lost in all the hustle and bustle. But if we are truly seeking the Lord each day He will bring balance to our lives.
Many in ministry have become burned out because instead of seeking the Lord they have become focused on doing ministry. Ministry should never be the focus, our focus must always be in seeking the Lord. The Holy Spirit will give us wisdom and guidance for all things. The Holy Spirit will tell us when to move forward and the Holy Spirit will tell us when to rest.
But it is important for us to dedicate time each day to the Lord. It is also important for us to dedicate time each week to come together with our fellow brothers and sisters in the body of Christ. We are not called to live in isolation with the Lord. We are part of a greater body and when the body of Christ comes together the gifts of the Holy Spirit are in operation.
Let us honor the Lord each day and each week. May we set aside time to seek His face and may we stay balanced in our lives between work and rest. Anything in life can become an idol and that includes work and activity. In our face paced culture it is easy to become enslaved to activity, but may we have eyes to see and hearts to understand. May our heart desire be to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness.