Do You Know How to Rest?

Moses told God’s people, “This is what the LORD has said: ‘Tomorrow is a day of complete rest, a holy Sabbath to the LORD.'” (Exodus 16:23)

They hadn’t been in the wilderness for long, although they’d been there long enough to start complaining about starving. God gave them manna but instructed them to gather extra on the sixth day, since the seventh day would be for rest.


It was a foreign concept for them. After all, they had been slaves in Egypt. They didn’t know anything but work–excessive work. Maybe that’s why they grumbled right away; they finally had some time on their hands and didn’t know what to do with it.

Habits are difficult to break. “Yet on the seventh day some of the people went out to gather, but they did not find any (manna).” (Exodus 16:27)

We try to meet our needs the same way even though the provision has changed.

God was meeting their needs through the collection of a double portion the preceding day, then a provision of rest on the seventh day. But some of them couldn’t see how that would be sufficient provision.

Some of us today have the same difficulty. Perhaps even all of us at some point.

How can I take a rest when there is so much to be done?

If I just work an extra shift…

This work isn’t going to get itself done.

I need to fit in this fun time with my family because it’s important to make memories with them.

As long as I don’t make a habit of it…

Do you know how to rest the way God intends? Do you trust His provision? Does your answer match your lifestyle, attitude, and priorities?

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