Many of us know what it means to lose important hours when you are supposed to be working. As a people that are occupied by work almost 24 – 7, we know what it means to have downtimes. This may be occasioned by factors such as machine breakdowns, traffic snarl ups, accidents or hospitalization amongst other reasons. What we may not know is that occasionally God forces us to take rest. When the order of our priorities becomes messed and our lives become occupied with routines, God is forced to intervene through forced rest where we are forced to relook into our priorities. The scriptural story of the captivity that the children of Israel suffered for 70 years in Babylon is a good example. God incorporated rest as part of his laws to avoid man becoming mechanical about life and demanded people observe a day of rest for every six days worked. The day was to be spend with family members in God’s presence as people reconnected with their families. It’s unfortunate because like many of us, the Israelites did not take this command seriously. Work became an idol for them robbing them precious time with each other and never creating time for what is important in their lives. Their punishment was swift and sudden as God sent them to captivity so that the land could enjoy its rest. For 70 years, an year for every year they violated his sabbaths, God quarantined his people in Babylon because they did not give priority to what matters most in life. As we go through this Corona Virus pandemic, could God be inviting you to reflect on what matters most in our lives? Could God be asking you to reconsider and order your priorities? Where have you majored on minors while minoring on majors? It’s easier to wish this pandemic to come to an end so that we can go back to our normal lives. Maybe God want us to have a new normal with what matters most. It’s time for us to repent for the times we took rest for granted or the time we sacrificed our families and loved ones in the altar of work and others concerns!
“Then the land will enjoy its sabbath years all the time that it lies desolate and you are in the country of your enemies; then the land will rest and enjoy its sabbaths. All the time that it lies desolate, the land will have the rest it did not have during the sabbaths you lived in it.” Leviticus 26:34-35 NIV
Last modified: May 11, 2020