Bible Society of South Africa

At work with God – Day 8

Take time to rest.

Bible text(s)

1And so the whole universe was completed. 2By the seventh day God finished what he had been doing and stopped working. 3He blessed the seventh day and set it apart as a special day, because by that day he had completed his creation and stopped working.

Genesis 2:1-3GNBOpen in Bible reader

12“Work six days a week, but do no work on the seventh day, so that your slaves and the foreigners who work for you and even your animals can rest.

Exodus 23:12GNBOpen in Bible reader

21“You have six days in which to do your work, but do not work on the seventh day, not even during ploughing time or harvest.

Exodus 34:21GNBOpen in Bible reader

8“Observe the Sabbath and keep it holy. 9You have six days in which to do your work, 10but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to me. On that day no one is to work — neither you, your children, your slaves, your animals, nor the foreigners who live in your country. 11In six days I, the LORD, made the earth, the sky, the sea, and everything in them, but on the seventh day I rested. That is why I, the LORD, blessed the Sabbath and made it holy.

Exodus 20:8-11GNBOpen in Bible reader

In today’s competitive work environment there is the temptation to work too hard and to become part of the never-ending rat race. Eventually you deny yourself rest and begin to feel guilty when you are not working.

The rhythm of work with regular intervals for resting was established when God created the earth. By allowing yourself to rest, you acknowledge that you are not a slave to work.

Those who ignore this principle will not be able to keep up a high level of productivity. God set the example for us to follow.

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