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Rest

on May 2, 2013

Have you ever thought about taking an entire year off from work? Just dropping everything and taking a tour of the world? Or even staying home, but just not having to drag yourself into work every day? It sounds crazy, right? But in Exodus and Leviticus, that’s exactly what God called the Israelites to do.

Exodus 23:10-12

10 “For six years you are to sow your fields and harvest the crops, 11 but during the seventh year let the land lie unplowed and unused. Then the poor among your people may get food from it, and the wild animals may eat what is left. Do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove.

12 “Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and so that the slave born in your household and the foreigner living among you may be refreshed.”

Leviticus 25:1-7

“The Lord said to Moses at Mount Sinai, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you, the land itself must observe a sabbath to the Lord. For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops. But in the seventh year the land is to have a year of sabbath rest, a sabbath to the Lord. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards. Do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the grapes of your untended vines. The land is to have a year of rest. Whatever the land yields during the sabbath year will be food for you—for yourself, your male and female servants, and the hired worker and temporary resident who live among you, as well as for your livestock and the wild animals in your land. Whatever the land produces may be eaten.”

Crazy right!? What were they supposed to do for an entire year? As the daughter of a farmer, I can tell you, farmers feel the need to be doing something. All winter long they busy themselves up with whatever they can and then when spring comes, they are busy from dusk till dawn getting their fields planted. What would they do if they took an entire year off? I can’t even come up with what I would do for an entire year. Would my job even be there for me when I came back? Our generation is the total opposite of this mentality. We have to go go go and every second that we aren’t occupied by something is a second wasted.

Now, I’m not saying we should all just stop working for a year, but it does make you think, doesn’t it? We spend our lives rushing to work, to home, to church, to parties, to whatever we fill our time with. Even when we have free time, we occupy it with time on the internet or watching TV (or at least I do). What about the Sabbath day? Do you have a day of the week where you don’t work or do anything close to work? Do you have any time in your week when you are simply ‘resting’ (And I don’t mean sleeping!)

I would like to challenge my readers to take a break from the busy-ness of life and simply rest in God’s arms. The world will not go on without you, you won’t miss anything important (except maybe the newest episode of your favorite show, but let’s be honest: Are you going to look back in ten years and even remember this show or episode?). Just take a day, or even a few hours if a day is too much. Spend some time in the Word and simply rest. You will be surprised how must this time can re-energize you and bring you closer to God.

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