July 7: Rest

To not work, but to find rest. The idea of Sabbath was introduced in the first chapter of Genesis. On the seventh day, God rested. If God could work for six days and rest on the seventh, then surely we can too. Sabbath is the day of rest. The day devoted to resting and renewing our relationship with God.

There comes a point in working where we need rest. In relationships, we long for that time when it takes no work, but we rest from our labor and rest in the relationship.

I am holding two verses from today’s reading. “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:26) “There remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God.” (Hebrews 4:9) It is a future and eternal hope, and I can catch a glimpse each week as I claim a day to rest in the relationship I have with Jesus Christ. It’s why I look forward to every Sunday.

Today’s readings: Hosea 10-12; Psalm 73; Hebrews 4

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