Creating Sabbath Rest

Junkyards across the country. Attics littered with forgotten treasures. Storage sheds filled with things once worshiped. Humanity continues to create new things to replace the old; new and innovative things today that add to the trash heap of tomorrow; new things that can become new idols to worship. This has been a part of human history since its beginning. The gods we craft come and go, but God remains unchanged, steadfast, eternal. But we are restless, impatient, not wanting to wait for God.

We see this in Exodus 32:1-4: “Now when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people assembled about Aaron and said to him, ‘Come, make us a god who will go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’ Aaron said to them, ‘Tear off the gold rings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.’ Then all the people tore off the gold rings which were in their ears and brought them to Aaron. He took this from their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool and made it into a molten calf; and they said, ‘This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt (NASB).’”

The Israelites grew impatient waiting for Moses. God labored to create a nation out of them, an example for other nations. Yet they did not wait for God. Instead they chose their own creation to worship. They chose to mimic other nations who created their own gods.

Our creation, our labor. We grow impatient with God, so we craft our own idols to worship. We labor to create our own life; labor to lay sacrifices before gods of our creation. Sabbath rest means ceasing our labors, our creation. It is a time to be still and know God; to wait on God and reflect on His creation, particularly what He wants to create in your life.

Sabbath creation is creating a space where you cease your labors, your creation, and focus on God’s creation. It is a time to fill the moment with God, humbly laying down your life before him. It is a time to seek his purpose, his wisdom, his plan for your life. When we cease our labors in Sabbath rest, we cease all the noise in our life that drowns out God. We cease all the distractions that hinder us from seeing what God is creating in our life, his creation that surrounds us.

© 2021 CGThelen

10 thoughts on “Creating Sabbath Rest

  1. Thank you for sharing this. Sometimes we really do need to disconnect from all the distractions and noise in our life: social media, conversations, even and especially our mind running away with its own thoughts. I know I shouldn’t need the reminder, but I always appreciate and honour the encouragement to focus on God’s peace, patiently waiting for me to wholeheartedly seek it. Thank you.

    1. So true about our mind running away with its own thoughts. It make me think of Matthew 15:19: “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.” It is a daily struggle for me to keep my thoughts in check — to focus on God and His righteousness. To seek Him and His ways. To rest in God. Your comment encourages me. Blessings.

  2. Beautiful. It is actually good to have permission to stop creating and labouring, and to allow God to do His own thing, in His own way, and in His own time.

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