Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
Time Out - I Need a Rest
by Erik Momsen
Approaching my fortieth birthday some years ago, I found myself valuing time more than any other commodities. I am more jealous of my time than my 'things'. The value we ascribe to time and our struggle with it is seen in our language. "If only I had the time - I'll try and find the time - I'm short of time - I don't know where the time goes - I don't get the time to think - there's never enough time - is that the time already? - time flies - could you fit in the time - time waits for no man - you really must pop around some time."
We find that we have so much to do that we do not get the time to complete. We are like a person running after a train on the platform trying to catch the open door but tiring and seeing the train accelerate. The problem however is not finding more time, but using the time effectively. Knowing what to do and not to do and having the strength to do it when we have decided.
WE HAVE LOST THE PLOT
Time-disease is the most prevalent illness in the developed world. It is not a new phenomenon. One of the ancient Chinese Emperors had people executed for arriving late to work. Humanity is driven by time.
Doctors speak of universal fatigue. People are constantly tired. Some people growl all day because they are dog tired. Our lives are very full yet so very empty. We believe the busier we are, the more important our lives are.
We have forgotten how to rest. We spend more and more money to buy rest and holiday packages. Some take to alcohol to relax. Some take to other destructive practices to try and get some relief.
"If we do not come apart to rest - we will come apart."
The single biggest problem with our time, money, health and relationships is that we have lost God in the process. God knows about work and rest. He said;
"Six days you shall labour and do all our work, but the seventh is a Sabbath to the Lord your God." Exodus 20:8
DO ALL YOUR WORK - Work is important to God and the people who depend on us. Stress does not come from work, but bad work practices. A lack of God cause a lack of wisdom, direction and discernment. We rely on ourselves and fear sets in. The Pope was asked "How many people work in the Vatican?" He replied, "About half".
STOP ON THE SEVENTH DAY - The word "Sabbath" means "rest", or "stop". The Bible commands that we have one every seventh day. The Bible is not too fazed about which day, but does call for corporate worship of the believers.
"Do not let anyone judge you by what you eat and drink or with regard to religious festivals, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day." (Colossians 2:16)
We do compromise and make the Sabbath an afterthought: "I'll skip the Sabbath this week". We know we couldn't say, "I'll skip the commandment on adultery this week; I got an offer I can't refuse"!
In 321AD Constantine declared a day of rest and worship of God. It was to be a holy day. Early Christians used the day after the Jewish Sabbath between sunset on the seventh day and sunrise on the first day. Jesus also rose from the dead on the first day of the week.
IT IS FOR YOUR OWN GOOD - Jesus said "The Sabbath was made for man not man for the Sabbath". It is for the good of man, as are all God's laws. We either ignore the Sabbath or make so many rules that it becomes hard work. The Jews came up with 1521 rules for the Sabbath.
God knows how we are made and made this day for us.
IT IS ONLY GOOD FOR YOU IF IT IS HOLY
The only true rest is in God and He must remain the focus.
On the way to church a teenager said to his mother, "I don't need to go to church this morning as I watch the religious program on T.V." The Mother replied, "That's fine, at lunch time you can watch the cooking program". God is our rest.
The word "Holy" means set apart for a special purpose. The purpose of this day is to focus on God and this will bring the rest, healing and mental health.
Make the decision not to work. Focus on God. Focus on people in a godly way. Use the day to recharge your spirit and emotions. We need to retreat to advance. At this time we might have to face ourselves. Refocus on Who and what is important and know what is true. "He leads me beside still water, he restores my soul." Psalm 23
For someone who loves the Lord, going to church is not a duty but a joy. Sabbath was created holy and will always be but God wants it holy for you. I rejoiced with those who said to me, "Let us go to the house of the Lord." (Psalm 122:1) Don't turn a God day to a golf day.
"A rabbi who loved golf looked out of the window on the Sabbath and was tempted. "I'll pop out, play nine holes, get back, shower and nobody will know". He was having a great time when a few angels saw him and reported him to God. "God, you've got to teach him a lesson". T he next hole, he gets a hole-in-one. The angels were puzzled. "How does that teach him?" .... God said, "who can he tell ?"
God want us to relax, rest, have fun with our family and Him. The first day of the week honours God and sets the tone for the rest of the week.
"Those who honor me I will honour." (1 Samuel 2:30)
Ignoring the Sabbath has a great price on body, mind and soul.
"It was not Israel who kept the Sabbath but the Sabbath who kept Israel".
Jesus said: "Come unto me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest."
Date Added: 2013-02-13
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