God doesn’t want us working ourselves to death. We need to find time to unwind. Want proof? How about these 5 verses?
You Are Commanded to Put Your Feet Up Once a Week
Exodus 20:8-11 says “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 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, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”
It goes without saying that someone who works 7 days a week will get burned out and his productivity will collapse. Therefore it’s wise and scriptural to treat yourself to a nice relaxing day. Look at a list of the best massage cushions and let them work out those knots in your body and mind.
Enter His Rest
Hebrews 4:3-4 says “For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said, “As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest,’” although his works were finished from the foundation of the world. For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.”
Jesus said that man was not made for the Sabbath, but Sabbath was made for the man.
Be Like Elijah
In First Kings 19:4-8, Elijah “went a day’s journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he asked that he might die, saying, “It is enough (or “I am exhausted” or “I done!”); now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.” And he lay down and slept under a broom tree. And behold, an angel touched him and said to him, “Arise and eat.” And he looked, and behold, there was at his head a cake baked on hot stones and a jar of water. And he ate and drank and lay down again. And the angel of the Lord came again a second time and touched him and said, “Arise and eat, for the journey is too great for you.” And he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mount of God.”
When completely exhausted, God told Elijah to rest. Are you more powerful than a prophet of God that you can live without rest?
God Gives Sleep to his Beloved
Psalms 127:2 says “It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.”
Don’t worry, be happy (and get a good night’s sleep!). Try the Sleep Foundation’s website for more tips and tricks about getting the sleep you need.
See the Pattern Yet?
In Hebrews 4:9-10 we are told, “So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.”