I wanted a chance to share some thoughts on the Men’s Retreat I was blessed to attend a few weeks ago. As I said in a few posts immediately after, the topic was rest, which I found a little confusing because it’s not instinctual to me.
I tend to be driven about production. I was recently unemployed, and I detested it. I want to feel like I’m contributing, even if it’s just for my own needs (even if others are, by grace, supporting me in some way). After all:
Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
Man oh man, I read that and feel an urge to grab another job and work work work. I’m being a little silly, but don’t kid yourself, we were made to work. Paul’s words in 2 Thessalonians confirm that, as does the knowledge that God prepared works for us in advance.
So, we are meant to be productive. But that doesn’t mean we are meant to only work — not at all. After all, it was God who set an example for rest by not working on the seventh day. (Spoiler: it isn’t as if the Creater God was worn out.) And so if that’s true, that God rested, who are we to assume we should not?
I suspect there is a proper balance here where the soul is at its most satisfied. If we work in such a way that provides for our family and glorifies God, that is a wonderful feeling. If we also find time for Godly rest — devotion to His word, prayer and frankly, yes, sleep — that provides an appropriate counterbalance.
Sounds great, right? Wrong. The world does not want you to achieve this, folks. The world is obsessed with its own busy-ness, immersed in a culture that daily finds something to be irate about (I’m looking at both Republicans and Democrats) while distracting from the truth.
… there’s that word. Truth. Hmm. What’s the truth?
There is no peace, no hope, no joy apart from Christ. You will look, but you will not find.
C.S. Lewis put it nicely, as usual:
No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened.
As Christians we must realize that seeking God means being ready to rest when the time comes for it. There is plenty for us to do — a whole lifetime of works prepared in advance — but also time to simply sit back, rest and dwell on the Lord.
Is it not a waste.
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