‘By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done’ (Genesis 2:2-3, NIV)
After all the hard work of creation, God decided to take a day off. No creating was done on that day. No planets came into being, no new species took shape, and thankfully, no new bugs had a chance at life. God rested. He threw his arms behind his head, laid on a hammock of ferns and just enjoyed the view. Everything on that day was good. Everything brought a smile to his face. It certainly was a day for the books.
God enjoyed it so much that he decided to make it an official holiday to be celebrated on a weekly basis! Think about it… In the United States we have 11 official holidays, but if it were up to God, we would have an additional 52 paid holidays a year! Talk about a chill God! He knows the benefits of rest firsthand and wants us to get as much rest as we can in a year.
Rest reminds us that our work is worth celebrating, and doing so regularly affects our joy quotient. How come we don’t take advantage of our God-given holiday then?
The etymology of the word holiday is interesting. The word derives its meaning from the idea of a HOLY DAY, much like the one God instituted in Genesis 2:2. The seventh day, known as the Sabbath, was to be a holy day – a day set apart from all the others to rest from our work and celebrate God’s goodness. That is a far cry from our idea of a holiday, isn’t it? Most holidays today are either opportunities for inebriation or more work and more money. Both choices steal the blessings of rest if you ask me.
You see, God not only instituted a day of rest, but he blessed it as well! There is a blessing on the Sabbath when celebrated the right way. When our Sabbaths go from holidays filled with partying or more work to HOLY DAYS, we will enjoy the blessings that made God memorialize his day of rest. I encourage you to make your seventh day one to remember! Rest. Enjoy the work of your hands. Be blessed!
‘May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands’ (Psalm 90:17, NIV)
- Mercy Alarid is the Creative Arts Pastor of Passion Church. Mercy has a Master's degree in Education. Mercy is a member of the faculty of Central New Mexico Community College, where she is an instructor in the Education department. Mercy has been married to Brian for 17 years and they reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico with their 3 children: Chloe, Colin, and Lauren.