God put boundaries on your work, and he did it for your own good. Work has limits. Both work and rest are creation mandates.
God rested from all his work.
Genesis 2:2 declares, “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.”
Why did our Creator rest? Was he tired? No, God doesn’t get tired. He did this to demonstrate the biblical principle of resting after work. God rested as an example for us to follow.
Genesis 2:3 gives us further insight when it says, “God blessed the seventh day and made it holy.” As a Christian your rest is blessed and holy.
Your rest is more than simply not working, and it is not mere idleness. The fact is neither work nor rest is complete without God. Your rest, like your work, is God-designed, God-commanded, and God-centric.
God saw all that he had made.
Genesis 1:31 tells us what God did after he completed his work on day six and before he began his rest. The verse declares, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”
Before resting God saw all that he had made. The word “saw” used in Genesis 1:31 refers to something deeper than just seeing with the eye; it means “to understand and look upon with approval.” Before resting God contemplated his finished work and appreciated its worth, and you can do the same with your work.
Finish your work day (and week) by recognizing the value of what you have accomplished. Your good work pleases God, and it should please you too. Make time to rest and to appreciate the worth and scope of your labors.
Jesus told his disciples to rest.
In the New Testament, Jesus speaks of the need to rest in Mark 6:31. In this verse, and after a busy day of ministry, Jesus tells his disciples, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
Work has limits. Make time to rest.