Pastor's Pen: A time to rest

This has been a very busy month at our church. We have had 2 banquets, completion of our school-year programs, beginning of our summer program, the shingling of a roof, a teen activity and our Summer Sizzler basketball tournament and family day. I’m tired just thinking of all those activities.

But now is has come to a screeching halt. Dishes are cleaned, the roof is re-shingled, events ended and the basketball trophies have been awarded to the winners. All the hard work brought about some great events, but now we are on the other side.

So what do we do now? Biblically, I think the answer is rest. It’s taken me a long time to think of rest as being a godly thing, but God knew from the beginning that rest was needed. The fourth commandment provides for a time of rest:

“Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work….For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but He rested on the seventh day.”

Though He didn’t need it Himself, God provided us with an example of rest. However, rest isn’t what you and I imagine. We think of rest as vegging in front of the TV paying no attention to whether we are watching something that moves us toward God’s glory or away from it. Is that the rest God desired for us?

Rest from God’s perspective isn’t taking off our spiritual armor and ignoring Him. Rest is actually a time to remember Him. The fourth commandment begins this way, “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.”

Remember. Remember what God has done. He is the Creator and Savior and Lord. Remember how He has maintained His Word throughout history. Remember how He saved His people from Egypt. Remember how He has been with you throughout your life. Remember your God.

I am convinced that Satan works just as hard, if not harder, during my times of rest. After a mountain-top experience, like those I have had this month, Satan is looking to place a fiery arrow in my heart once that armor is removed. Take time to rest, but don’t use your rest to indulge in the sinful nature. Instead, use it as a time to draw closer to your Creator. How can you use your rest to draw closer to God?