When it comes to school work, I’m competitive. I like to work hard, do my best, and of course get the absolute best grades. So when it comes time to do a group project, I’m all in. I do my share plus extra, all to be sure to get the very best grade.
But sometimes, that attitude isn’t always the best. Of course, you should work hard and do well at school. However, sometimes, I work so hard that I forget to rest. I put in so much effort that I wear myself out. And often, I don’t rely enough on God. Instead, I look to myself to make things happen.
“‘There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a sabbath to the Lord. – Leviticus 23:3 (NIV)
There comes a place in your journey with God that you reach when you realize that sometimes, it’s up to God. It’s up to you to do your part, but a lot of the effort comes from God. And for some of us (myself) that’s hard. It’s hard to trust that God is working and that I can simply rest.
The sabbath that God is talking about in Leviticus is an example of that. Through the sabbath, we see that God has set up a time for us to rest and trust Him. Yes, we can do a lot on our own, but sometimes, there’s power in simply resting and trusting God to do the work for us.
This is especially true when it comes to what Jesus has done for us. There is nothing left for us to do, but to rest in the finished work of Christ. And yes, it would be easier to do something. That’s our human nature, wanting to do something. However, we will really find power in rest.
So if you haven’t before examine your life. Are there areas that God is calling you to rest? To rely on Him and stop working so hard? If so, decide to make any changes necessary to relax, rest and enjoy watching God work on your behalf.