DayBreaks for 07/22/19: He Knows Us Only Too Well
From the DayBreaks archives, July 2009:
Does God know our hearts and tendencies, or what!?!?! This past Sunday I spoke on the topic of weariness…we are bone tired, mentally worn out, emotionally drained and spiritually weary. All because we have neglected to trust Him and have tried to take things into our own hands in order to provide for our needs and future.
While God only needed 5 words in the 10 Commandments to condemn murder and 5 more to condemn adultery, He needed only 4 words to condemn stealing, but his finger must have worn out when it came to the command (not suggestion!) to rest. Here’s what God had to say on that subject: Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. Exodus 20:8-11 (KJV)
Here is the testimony to how well God knows our hearts. He could have stopped after the first 8 words above: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” But He knew if He stopped there, we’d begin to rationalize: “OK, I won’t work, I’ll stop and honor God that way. But I’ll have my son do the work.” God says, “No, not your son, either.” “My daughter then.” “No, not your daughter.” “Well, I’ll hire someone to run the store or shop in our absence.” God says, “No, no servants will work that day.” And just in case the debate were to continue, we aren’t to make animals work, nor strangers and aliens who are under our control or in our land.
Yet we do. Why? Because we are afraid that if we don’t work, if we aren’t making sales calls, if we aren’t studying for the upcoming exam – that our world will crash down around us in failure. And that’s where the last verse comes into play: God reminds us that He worked for six days making all that is, and that He then paused to “rest”…and you know what? When He did, the universe didn’t stop running…and if the universe didn’t stop when God took a rest, how dare we think that we’re more important than He is and that the world we live in will collapse if we rest! This is the height of presumption!
Get some rest. If you’re too tired to do God’s work, or if you have no time left to give to the Lord’s kingdom, you are simply too tired, period.
PRAYER: Forgive us for thinking that we and our actions are indispensable. Forgive us for thinking we can’t trust You when you have promised to meet ALL our needs! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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