Exodus 31:17, "In six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed."
Do more with less. That's the motto of many companies. They want to streamline their businesses to cut expenses. However, this mindset can put a lot of strain on employees. People wind up working extensive hours and, before long, they end up on the fast track to burnout. We can do the same as individuals. We want to get as many things done as we can for our family, at school, or in our careers. So we burn the candle at both ends until we can't go anymore.
God created us and knows what we need. He put rest into the equation because He knows sleep is a vital part of living and a key ingredient to good health. But in our fast-paced age, taking any time off can feel like a sin. The world's workaholics spend countless hours just to get work done, seal deals, meet deadlines, or get ahead of the competition. But that's not what God wants! He wants us to work hard within a rhythm so that we have time for healthy relationships with Him and others.
So, take a moment each day to stop. Breathe. Pray. Be still before Him and shut out all the white noise around you so that you can hear His voice. And each week, set aside a day to worship Him and break up the steady hum of your busy life. Then He will give you strength, endurance, power, and grace to get through the highs and lows of life.
Lord, Help me set aside time to rest and be still before You. Revive me with Your Spirit and fill me with Your replenishing Living Water. Use me as Your vessel today. Amen.