Back to the Beginning: Genesis

On to the second chapter of Genesis.
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Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.  And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. Genesis 2:1-3
I remember the first computer my dad brought home. By today’s standards it was huge, clunky, and took forever. I remember people discussing the benefits of computers on every office desk… in every home office. 
They said it would make us more efficient… it did.
They said with it we could accomplish more, faster… we do.
They said it would turn our five day work week into four… it could have… but it didn’t.
Did the technology not live up to its potential? I am pretty sure it surpassed everyone’s imagination. The problem doesn’t lie in the invention. We’re the one’s with the issue. We don’t know how to rest. Instead we work, work, work! The computers made us faster, more efficient, and gave us a way to cram more work not only into the week, but weekends as well.

We were created to work, but like all created things we’ve become unbalanced.

And on the seventh day God finished His work that He had done, and He rested…

When is the last time you rested? I’m not talking about falling into bed worn and weary from a long day’s work. I’m talking about Sabbath rest. God didn’t need rest. He never gets tired, weary or burned out… but He knew we would. 
From the very beginning He showed us a more excellent way and we would be wise to follow in it. Let’s make time for rest in the new year. 
One day a week to rest in Him. Set a date… mark your calendar… celebrate the Sabbath.

Lord, teach me to practice and celebrate the sabbath
in a way that is pleasing to You, and draws me closer to You.

How is the sabbath to be sanctified?

The sabbath is to be sanctified by a holy resting all that day, even from such worldly employments and recreations as are lawful on other days; and spending the whole time in the public and private exercises of God’s worship, except so much as to be taken up in the works of necessity and mercy.

Westminster Shorter Catechism, the London edition of 1658 

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