All Work, And No Play! I Don’t Think So!
“Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.” (Ephesians 4:28)
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” (Exodus 20:8)
Each year we celebrate Labor Day the First Monday of September. T ypically it is a gathering of family and friends for a last summer celebration before Fall enters in with its cooler temperatures. Here is the reason this day of rest was made a Federal holiday:
- Federal holiday observed in the United States on the first Monday in September. The holiday was created in 1882 to give working individuals a guaranteed day off. Despite the holiday being established for a day of rest, most retailers still operate as normal and offer in-store specials. Parades, cookouts, and shopping are a common occurrence on this holiday. (Business Dictionary.com)
We can clearly see what was meant to be a day of rest has turned into one of the largest retail shopping days of the year. God honors work, but He also honors rest. With our heavenly Father there is always a perfect balance as He instructs us in His word. In the two featured verses above, God tells us the importance of work, and one of its important attributes, which is the sharing with others filling their needs. Another attribute would be the provision for ones family, and another would be the satisfaction of being productive by working with our hands accomplishing a goal, building up our self esteem by contributing, doing our part. “The desire of the sluggard puts him to death, For his hands refuse to work; All day long he is craving, While the righteous gives and does not hold back.” (Prov. 21:25-26) God clearly expects us to work, and has strong words for those who do not actively participate.
God also expects us to rest in Him. God rested on that seventh day, and expects us to do the same. Now that verse in Exodus has a much deeper meaning to it then a day off, but that would require another deeper study into His precious word. God, who knows whats best for us, tells us we need to rest after hard work so we can be effective in our work place, well rested when we go back. He also honors time with Him in worship, and time with our families for sweet fellowship. As we take this time off to rest let us not forget our creator who set the standards for our life. He tells us in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Today, in prayer, check in with our Lord Jesus, and ask Him what plans He has for you today. Explore the possibilities, Seek the Adventure He has scheduled for you, your family, your future. Then put on your seat belt and enjoy the ride!
Labor Day is considered a secular holiday, but biblicaly holiday means:
- holy day noun: a day when a religious festival or holiday is observed: a day set aside for special religious observance. Everything that exist is typically rooted in the word of God. It is up to us to search it out! All Work And No Play! I don’t Think So!
“Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot.” (Ecclesiastes 5:18)
Seek The Adventure, Strength and Honor, Papa Joe!