Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
I can barely begin to comprehend the significance of this final day of creation. The story of creation, the creative process, the birthing of new life is not finished until God rests. God sets aside an entire day for this single purpose, and since we bear His image, perhaps we could value from this as well.
In this guided Lectio Divina, we read a passage from Exodus where Moses is petitioning God for direction and provision. Moses is all about the work that needs to get done (that God asked Him to do!), but God has something else He wants Moses to learn – all that Moses really needs is God’s presence and rest.
How are you setting aside time for agenda-free rest? A time for you to step back from all your work and trust God to provide for you?
Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.”
The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
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