By Kyle Patterson
It’s easy to get so busy in the doing of life, ministry, or business that we forget the most important things. Don’t get me wrong, we were made to work. Even before the fall, God assigned Adam the task of cultivating the earth and tending to it. It’s in our nature to create and to put our hands to something useful. Work is a big part of our worship. We offer our time and talent to the Lord, and then with the first fruits of the increase God provides, we offer that back to God as a very important part of our worship. Work can be a very important way we live out our faith and apply the truths of Scripture and put them to practice. That’s settled.
But the problem is when we make our work our identity. When work becomes an idol that doesn’t enhance our worship but hinders it, then we have a problem. That’s why God assigned the Sabbath, as a conscious way to step away from our work for a day, and instead worship and rest.
It’s in times of rest, when we offer some dedicated space to God that he works in the rest.
The truth is he is always speaking and communicating but we’re not always listening. We get so busy in the doing, we forget the rest of being in God’s presence. But it’s never too late to let God work in the rest.
In Daniel we see how God works while Daniel is not striving, but resting.
Daniel had a dream, and visions passed through his mind as he was lying in bed.He wrote down the substance of his dream. 2 Daniel said: “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea. Daniel 7:1-2
God shows Daniel what Jeremiah would call great and mighty things. (Jeremiah 33:3)
When Christ gave his life for you and I on the cross, the veil to the temple was torn in two meaning the way to fellowship with God was now open. Christ bore our rejection on the cross so we could become accepted, adopted children of God. The greatest act of love in all history was made for you, not only so we could spend eternity with God, but that we may know him and commune with him. Since so much has been given on your behalf, why not respond in worship with your time before the Lord?
I remember as a new Christian I heard a sermon about Mary of Bethany, the woman who broke her alabaster box of expensive perfume, worth about a year’s wages. The preacher challenged us to seek God at the altar for what God would have us give him in response to his love. I had a Fossil brand watch at the time, worth about $50 or so and I had a strong impression that I was to do something with this. I was ready and willing to part with the watch and would put in the offering plate, no problem. But then as I sought God further, he showed me he wanted my time. He was inviting me to cultivate a relationship with him so that I could recognize his voice, follow his word, and walk with him. I’ll never forget that experience, it changed me, knowing that the Creator of the universe wanted to fellowship with me. That’s what Christ did for us, how can we not respond? Take time and let God work in the rest.