“God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation” (Gen. 2:3).
we come to the end of day six and God rests from God’s creation. God rests then God blesses. We can’t bless what we don’t finish and we can’t find the blessing if we don’t take the time to rest. If you put those two ideas together you get this principle that I want you to remember: Our work will remain a curse if we don’t take the time to rest.
In Exodus 20 God gives Moses his top ten list of do’s and don’ts. If people follow this list as a guideline for their lives, they will be blessed. If they don’t, things don’t go as well. At the top of the list is God’s concern for taking a day of rest.
In this passage from Exodus we are told to “remember.” What are we remembering? We remember how God worked for six days and then on the evening of the sixth day God said to God’s angels and all the heavenly beings, “I am not coming into the office tomorrow.” In both our working and in our resting we are living what it means to be made in the image of God. Our work will become a curse if we don’t take the time to rest.