Genesis 2:2, “ And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done”
The story of creation is taught from when children are very young to when people become very old. It is one of the most told stories in the Bible. There is one part that I would like to focus on. The fact that at the end of a six-day period of time, God took the next day and rested. He rested.
Did God need to rest? No. God did not need to rest. He would not have been tired. He would not have needed to catch His breath, so to speak. God did this as a lesson. This lesson is just as important as the fact that He can create everything from nothing. If God decided that He needed a day of rest, then how much more does His creation need rest. Rest is a good thing as shown by the Lord. From time to time, it is good to take time and recharge.
This day of rest is typically on a day called the Sabbath. In the Jewish culture, this would have been on a Saturday. In western culture, the day of rest is defined as Sunday, which is coincidently the same day that churches hold their services for the most part. Whether you rest on Saturday, Sunday, or another day, the point is to rest and recharge your body. A body is meant to rest and not go all the time.
Sleep is not only enjoyable but necessary. The brain needs time to decompress what has occurred in the day. Without sleep, people become delirious, hallucinating, and even can die from lack of sleep. I don’t personally know anyone who has but it is possible. God made sleep so that our weak, feeble bodies would be able to be ready to face each and every day. God made sleep and that is a good thing, in my opinion.
Rest and more specifically, sleep, is a requirement. It is not a suggestion. It is as necessary as food and water. In order to be healthy, we need rest. God makes sure to meet our needs and that is where sleep comes into play. So the next time you get ready for bed, think about the fact that even God rested. If a perfect God created rest, why would we not need rest as an imperfect and weak people? Get some rest and be ready to face each day. Wake up each day and thank God for a restful night.
Thank You for rest. Thank You for sleep. Without it, we can become sick. You know us better than we know ourselves. This is why You created rest and sleep. Thank You for meeting all of our most basic of needs. We are so grateful at how much You care. You are our most gracious God and Father who is there for His children. Let us honor You by resting and respecting what You created. Let us step back and realize that You are our God and appreciate all that You have done. Let us rest each night and wake up praising and thanking You always.
In Your name we pray,