Exodus 23:12 (NASB) “Six days you are to do your work, but on the seventh day you shall cease from labor so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your female slave, as well as your stranger, may refresh themselves.
I was sitting around talking with some guys who said they seemed to be more exhausted than usual. They never seem to get all their work done. I began to think about the life style I used to live. I used to work between 100 and 120 hours a week. You see, with the fire dept. we worked 48 hours in four days. The other time I spent doing my handyman business or framing houses. It was crazy. I never saw my wife or children, and I never felt a sense of peace. There were always worries and fear. I thought I was doing it all to get more money, to be satisfied, and not have to work as much one day. Then I lost part of my hearing, and I had to stop it all. I had to put my faith in God that our needs would be met, and He has been faithful and kept his promises. I began to keep Sundays just for praising God and resting in Him. Many times Carolyn and I have discussed how nice it is to keep Sunday “work free.” Many times, people choose to not honor God and obey His commands. Why do we think we know better than our Creator? I wonder if sometimes God looks down and says, “Silly humans. Just keep my commands and you shall prosper.”
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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