Friday 3 May, 2019

Genesis 2:1-3

2 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.

I don’t for a minute think that God really needed to rest, though we see here that He did once the heavens and earth were completed. As a good Father, he is modelling for us what He knew we would need, to rest. A Sabbath. A day that God himself has called holy. We can go and go and go, but if we do not rest, we will not thrive. Our bodies are hard-wired for down time and rest.

A day to honour God for our lives and all he has created, a day we can come to worship him and where better to do that than church. For a short while we come & stop; worship, reflect, reset our hearts, hear what the Holy Spirit is saying through the preaching/teaching of the Word to us. Time to be built up and encouraged by other believers. A day to honour God.

In our culture, Sunday is still set aside for this (though this is being eroded), if this is not possible then I need to make sure I find another time to do this. God himself has set this aside for us, Jesus honoured the Sabbath – as a believer I can’t do any less.

Lord thank you that you care so much for your creation, not just people, but all creatures and the land, that you have hard-wired us to need a rest day. Lord forgive me where I have not done this. Lord God I honour you today. Amen

Written by Suzie Hodgson

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