“Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:27).
Sometimes people make the Sabbath day of rest into a firm, harsh rule to be obeyed. But Jesus tells us that the Sabbath was given as a gift for man. It is a blessing to obey. As we do obey we not only renew our energy but we also know that this world will go on without our constant strivings. Actually God is in control so it’s ok to have a day of rest.
If our lives are constantly busy doing and achieving (for ourselves, our families, or for God) we start to form the idea that God is our boss, always wanting His work done with us as His slaves. But when we know He is our Father, then we can work with Him joyfully in whatever we do. And we can take time out to rest with Him as He is more interested in shaping us to be His children than our work output and ‘KPI’s.
Hebrews 4 tells us that by believing the Gospel we enter into God’s true rest. This world continually plagues us with busyness and achieving impossible ideals, but when we trust in Jesus we can rest. Our anxiety, striving, stress, frustration, failings, dreams and expectations can be put aside that we can enjoy peaceful rest along with the good works God has prepared for us.