Out of the Office?

Week beginning: 27th August, 2017 | By Jon Hyde | London

And God spoke all these words… "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labour 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, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy."

Exodus 20:1, 8-11, NIVUK

Life as a lawyer can feel very busy. We all have peaks and troughs, but when the pressure's on it can almost feel like you can't breathe under it. And if work's not enough, you may also have prayer meetings, homegroup or talks for church, friends or family, charitable work or a hundred thousand other things all clamouring for what little time you have left.

Nevertheless, God commands us to rest as we see in the passage above. It's not a guideline or a suggestion - we are required to build regular and genuine rest into our lives. It reminds us that we do not live to work, that we are not as indispensable as we like to think, and helps us not to idolise achievement. We can focus back on God, and actually be more fruitful for Him in the long run. I had pause to reflect on this recovering from a chest infection recently.

Hopefully you can find some time for holiday this summer, and your schedule is less full than usual. Why not try to enjoy some real and complete rest, perhaps even turning the Blackberry off for a time? Even God took a complete break, and we have no more that we have to do than Him.

Prayer points:

1.  Give thanks to God that there is nothing that we can do to make Him love us any more or any less, and that Jesus has already done everything necessary to reunite us to God. We can rest assured in the complete effectiveness of the cross to sanctify us.

2.  Submit your diary to God afresh, and prayerfully consider how you might regularly build genuine Sabbath rest into it when you return to the office. You may be working for God, but (especially if you feel too busy) pray about whether you are doing the work that He has for you to do.