“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.” Hebrews 4:9-11
I wrote a series of articles regarding the Sabbath and its need in today’s world. Ever since I’ve tried to keep Sunday as a complete day of rest, set aside for God and family. I could have easily picked another day; but Sunday’s seem to be the best choice for me and my family. Many think the Sabbath must be Sunday. Today keeping the Sabbath is not so much about the commandment, a specific day, or attending church services. It’s about setting time aside for rest (withdrawing from the world and all it has to offer for a time) praising God for His character and being filled with gratitude for what God has done in our lives. It’s about contemplating the things of God and having a heavenly mindset. Today’s Sabbath’s very much about heart and attitude rather than ritual.
As I read this passage in Hebrews, I couldn’t help but wonder, “What does God do when He rests?” How does the creator of everything rest? Being Spirit does He sort of lean back, relax, and gently float through the universe? Does He take time out from listening to all our requests for help and pleas for intervention? We know Jesus healed on the Sabbath; when did Jesus rest? The Bible tells us Jesus often pulled away to a quiet place of solitude; here He renewed His spirit as He spent time with His father; God.
Once God had completed creating man and the expanse of the universe did God’s work cease? Of course not; at least I am pretty sure it didn’t. I simply cannot help but wonder what God’s day of rest looks like.
My mind is full of questions and wonder. In my younger years I would never have pondered “such ridiculousness”. But, aging has brought an appreciation and awe in “wonder”. It is good, very good!
For each of us how we rest will be different. The important thing is we are finding time to rest. “How does God rest?” I have nary a clue; but it’s fun to think upon, don’t ya’ll agree?
Until next time,