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Weekly Devotionals

Well Rested

1 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. 2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 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 2:1-2

With Chuseok starting this past Thursday and tomorrow being National Foundation Day (btw, if you curious what this holiday is about, here is a link that will give you a brief overview of what it is, today marks the 2nd to the last day of a long and welcomed break. In lieu thereof, I felt that it was appropriate to remind us of the importance of rest.

In short, rest is the foundation of both healing and growth. So much so that we literally cannot do either if we do not rest. When we are sick, we can only get better with rest. When we sleep, this is the time our bodies do the most work to regenerate, rejuvenate, and rebuild our bodies towards its fullest capacities (NOT when we are awake!).

The centrality of rest towards healing and growth is true not just in the physical realm but in the spiritual realm as well. And just as the physical act of sleeping is obvious to both see and practice, God also made it obvious to see and practice spiritual rest. Where all others may continue to strive and work, God commanded to all those who recognize and honor Him as Almighty God to pause one day from our regular, daily rhythms that are dictated by our work to rather spend an entire day focused on reminding ourselves what’s most important in life; to love God with all our being and to turn our love for Him towards one another.

The observance of this day of rest is what gives us then, the rest that we need in our souls to both heal and grow towards becoming more and more of who we truly are as those made in the image of God. For these reasons, the Jewish day started at night and the Jewish week started with the Sabbath day, so that all would know that all things must start from the place of rest.

So, my brothers and sisters, I pray that we become those who rest well! Those who know that all things must start from rest! For just as we would get physically sick really quick if we did not physically sleep, we will also get soul-sick really quick if we do not rest our souls. Thus, may we be those that will adjust ourselves to prioritize getting good sleep every night, but especially those that will adjust ourselves to prioritize a day off from the rhythms of our regular workday to rest our souls though focusing on loving God to then turn that love for God to one another.

Rest up, everyone!