I was reading through Jeremiah today and one of the big things God was judging His people for was not taking a Sabbath rest. Now, I know there’s a lot in Proverbs about not being lazy, but at the same time, there’s a lot in the whole Bible about resting. I think laziness is never being a hard worker. Not taking time to rest is being a workaholic. God doesn’t want either of those.
I’ve lived with the guilt of resting for a long time. I have journal entries from back when I was fourteen, chronicling how much work I’d gotten done, and how bad I felt for not getting enough done. I’ve very seldom felt guilty for not taking a Sabbath rest. Now, we’re not supposed to be legalistic about it. Jesus scolded the Pharisees for that. But taking time to rest is godly, and something to be worked into our schedule.
That being said, I’m off to take my Sabbath rest. I’ve got myself all covered in sunscreen, and now it’s time to take myself outside with a good book and add some more layers to that tan.
Happy Sabbath 🙂