Summer has come! The days are longer, the weather is getting warmer, and by and large, the majority of Canadians are going to be taking some time over the next few months to get away to recharge and rest.
I for one cannot wait until we as a family can get away for a rest. It has been a challenging year and God has been faithful. But we do need to rest. And summer gives us this vital opportunity to get to a place where we enjoy and just rejuvenate.
Someone wise once told me that it’s dangerous to “write cheques with your life that your body can’t cash.” When God created us he didn’t give us an unlimited power source that can keep going indefinitely. Rather, God has a better plan.
In Genesis 2:1-3, the author records these words:
“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.”
The principle is simple: After you work hard, you have to take a break.
Why? Because the rest honours God and it gives us an opportunity to reconnect with that which we might have neglected during our time of work. This is why He gave us the Sabbath. To rest and enjoy God on a day we are taking a break from our work. For thousands of years, God’s people matched God’s pattern of work and then rest and it was a blessing for them.
When Jesus came, He came to fulfill the Law, in which the Sabbath rest had been established, but we must be careful to not forget the principle or the value behind. There is wisdom in taking a rest from our work to enjoy God and enjoy the world He has created.
I hope you take your break this summer, and if not this summer, make it your goal to take some time to slow down. In your vacation, don’t neglect God. Part of the rest that comes flows from nourishing ourselves spiritually during that time. Read a part of the Bible that you’ve never read, spend time in prayer and solitude or read a good Christian non-fiction book that will challenge you and your faith.
This year, Calvary has set our sights upon deepening our walk with Christ and overflowing in the world around us. During your break, please be praying for your church and Gospel impact. God is calling all of us to grow and be challenged. Let’s use our time of rest to get ready for what God has in store for us in the fall.
Have a blessed summer rest!