By the time you read this, I will have finished one of the largest projects of my life. For the past 5 years I’ve been preaching through the Book of Romans, verse-by-verse. Sometimes even word-by-word. The preaching series has been completed and after hundreds of hours of editing, these sermons have been put together in book form – all 532 pages. Now I can rest.
The Bible tells of God’s act of creating all things that exist: from flowers to planets to angels and puppies. After six days of work, God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested (Gen 1:31, 2:1-2).
That God rested didn’t mean that He was tired. Being tired reveals a limit to one’s strength. God has no such limit.
That God rested didn’t mean that He stopped being involved in the affairs of His creation. The Bible details His active participation and sovereignty over every aspect of the universe.
That God rested means that He was finished with His creation project. Everything that He created was completed. He looked over His work and was pleased with all He had done.
God then ordained a day of rest for man. We all need a point at which we can step back from the wall painted, the stack of papers filed, the child grown, the life lived … and rest. For most of us, such rest only comes at death, but milestones and viewpoints along the way are possible if we stop and look.
That God rested reveals that God did everything necessary to save sinners. God’s Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8) established the way of eternal life. All that is needed now for you to enter His rest is to believe in Jesus, the One who did it all for you (Matthew 11:28). No need to worry, work, or wait. Today is the day of salvation.
Since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preaching to us … for we who have believed do enter that rest (Hebrews 4:1, 2, 3).