Today’s Word is R E S T. Just typing that i feel a sense of calm.Currently l’ve been working like crazy trying to make ends meet. My hours have been 50-60 per week and today’s my 17th day working straight without a full day off.
This is not so l can brag about my “hustle” but it’s to get caught up on bills that are behind due to a cross-country move & choosing jobs with PT, flexible incomes.
l’ve been stressed & afraid to stop because the need is too great.
Today though after feeling a bit ragged & discouraged, l realized although l can’t afford it, l need to take Sunday off. l need to go to church and take a day for fun, restoration, and preparing for a new week.
Running ourselves ragged can’t help our productivity in the long run and it certainly can’t help our relationships as under the stress, there’s definitely more jagged edges!
“Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest. In plowing time and in harvest you shall rest.” (Ex. 34:21)
it‘s important to note that God specifically calls out two of the busiest and critical times to work. There are time conditions that are agriculturally important to adhere to when plowing & lots of profit to be made in harvesting.
This sounds vaguely familiar to often our current situations. l think there’s something to this Sabbath day. it’s a bold act of trust. When there’s always a thousand things to do, often critical to our finances & our carefully planned timelines & schedules, to instead stop, lay it all down and say, “l’m going to rest” is really having to trust in God to bless & multiply our remaining funds & time.
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven & pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” Mal 3:10-12
When we give our resources –time & finances to God–He promises to bless us in it! God says in returning & rest you shall be saved (Isa 30:15). I think from now on l’d like to live by that a little more, how ‘bout you?