Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015
The Enemy's Game (Part 52)
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work...
Exodus 20:8-9 (NKJV)*
There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.
Hebrews 4:9-11 (NKJV)
The way work and rest fit together is a lifestyle I've yet to master. For years, Go, Go, Go was my theme song: a song with an unrelenting beat, a song winning critical reviews. It's an anthem embraced by the world, especially the United States.
I went, went, went for so long, long, long, that my rest was simply a collapse: a lethargic, mindless disregard, an escape into food and TV.
God says rest is essential for us, and He placed it on His Top Ten List. He set up a day He called Sabbath: a day to take a break from striving, a day to press the re-set button, a day to re-charge and reconnect, while He resupplied our energy.
But temple leaders added to it. Good Jews couldn't even do good things. Pharisees tried to fault-find Jesus, so He redefined Sabbath's meaning, although we debate it to this day.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Like any good parent or leader, I hope you'll become wiser than I. I hope you'll learn the value of rest. Because this much I can say for sure:
1. If God says rest is vital, it is. Whether you follow a strict Sabbath or rest with God a different way, good won't come from disobedience. So carve out a time to stop working.
2. Working long doesn't mean working smart. We can keep struggling with a problem, while our minds lose their efficiency. A fresh perspective turns on the light, as opposed to grappling in the dark.
3. Ceaseless work reveals floundering faith. The Bible says again and again, God is the Power behind our work. If we think we can do it alone, we have some painful lessons to learn.
'For it is God Who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure' (Philippians 2:13).
To Be Continued...
* The entire Commandment: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+20%3A8-11&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.