If you wonder: “What will we eat in the seventh year if we don’t sow or gather our produce?” – Leviticus 25:20
We have all heard the proverb, “Make hay while the sun shines.” There is another that is much like it that tells us to, “Strike while the iron is hot.” These proverbs speak of the need to make a profit while the opportunity exists … of the need to maximize our potential progress while it remains possible to do so. Yet, as conventional as such wisdom may seem, God still commanded the Israelites to do nothing with their fields every seventh year. They were to let them rest.
The iron was hot. The sun was shining, but they were commanded to DO … nothing. The principle of rest is very important to God. Even He rested after six days of creation. Was He tired? Of course not. Yet, He still took time to … REST.
Rest is for reflection and meditation. It is an opportunity to consider all that God has done, all that He has made possible in your life. It is time to THINK and to LISTEN; all such activities which are contrary to our capitalistic, driven culture. As a person who is personally “driven,” I don’t like it. It feels unproductive. It can even lead to despair and discouragement, if prolonged. If a person’s identity is wrapped up in achievement, forced rest can even lead to deep, painful, self-examination. Is it any wonder that God commands it? We NEED it.
So, how busy are you? Are you too busy for God?
One of the greatest attacks of the enemy is to make you busy, to make you hurried, to make you noisy, to make you distracted, to fill the people of God and the Church of God with so much noise and activity that there is no room for prayer. There is no room for being alone with God. There is no room for silence. There is no room for meditation. – Paul Washer
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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