Exodus 23:12 (ESV) “Six days you shall do your work, but on the seventh day you shall rest; that your ox and your donkey may have rest, and the son of your servant woman, and the alien, may be refreshed.”
I was sitting around talking with some guys who said that they seemed to be more exhausted than usual; that they never seem to get all their work done. It made me think about the lifestyle I used to live, working between 100 and 120 hours a week. With the fire dept, we were on duty 48 hours in four days, and the other time I spent doing my handyman business or helping frame 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 earn more money, live satisfied, and not have to work as much later in life. 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. I reserved Sundays just for praising God and reading His Word. Many times, Carolyn and I discussed how nice it is to keep Sunday “work free.” But some people choose to not honor God and obey His commands regarding the day of rest. Why do we think we know better than our Creator? As we struggle to keep our heads above water, 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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