Sunday, May 17, 2009
Have you ever reached the end of a stress-filled week, longing and looking forward to a day off? A day to rest and regroup? To putter around the house? To spend some time with your family and/or friends?
Then something happens. Your boss asks you to fill in for a co-worker on your day off. All of a sudden your stress level shoots even higher. You dread telling the boss “no”. Yet you know that if you turn your back on the sabbath rest you had declared for yourself, that you will pay the price. That’s how much you know you need rest.
After praying about what to do, it is clear that the Lord is encouraging “Rest!” not more work. With a clear conscience you kindly tell your boss “no, I cannot that day”, offering no details or explanations. Just a simple, kindly “no”.
Because you were obedient to the Lord, you will be refreshed and restored to tackle the next week of work.
Six days you shall labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 5:13-14
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your provision of a day of rest. Please help me to use it wisely so that I may be refreshed and ready. In Jesus’ name. Amen.