WEEK 7: SNOOOOZE
So the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts (inhabitants). And by the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested (ceased) on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. So God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it [as His own, that is, set it apart as holy from other days], because in it He rested from all His work which He had created and done.
God does not create anything on the seventh day, but He does make something on this final day. He "makes" a Holy Day, a day set apart for rest. Interesting, isn't it, that God could've just stopped at 6 days of creation! He didn't have to rest—after all God doesn't really get tired—but for us, His children, He was showing us something really important: the importance of rest! Rest is more than just taking a nap or sleeping, in fact the the Bible compares "rest" with "work. God gave Adam and Eve, the first humans, lots of things to do on the earth—in every day that follows, they might want to jump into ruling over the garden and animals, to get really busy and focus on their big "to do" lists, but what God does on Day 7 shows us that being a good worker isn't all there is to life. Now it's important to work hard! But it's even more important that we don't just trust our hard work instead of taking time to rest in God's work.
It is really easy for us to work really hard to be "good people." Sometimes we think that following a bunch of rules, going to church and acting like nice people we will feel closer to God. But that doesn’t work very well. You can pretend to be a certain way on the outside but that does not mean that who you are on the inside is changing. Without God it’s really difficult to change who we are on the inside and you will get really tired of all of that acting. So when Jesus came to earth, He invited people to live differently. Jesus said, "Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly (Matthew 11:28-30)."
God is at rest and He invites us to be at rest too. He wants to fill us up and give us energy for the big calling and plans He has for us! So it's important that we learn to rest by making time to "get away" with Jesus, to rely on Him and trust that His good work in us is enough!
GO A LITTLE DEEPER:
Were you surprised that God rested?Why or why not?
Why do you think that God made rest for His creations?
We have learned that rest is important to God. Next time you have to rest, how can you use that rest to think about what God is like?
GO BIG + GO HOME!
Here are a couple of fun activities to help your little storymakers to further connect to what we have been uncovering about rest.
Calming Glitter Jar. You will need a jar/ bottle, funnel, measuring cup, hot water, clear glue, food coloring, glitter and a stir stick.
Relaxing Lavender Play-dough. You will need flour, cream of tartar, salt, oil, water, lavender essential oil, lavender seeds, food coloring.
Lavender Scented Bubbles. You will need lukewarm water, unscented clear dish soap, light corn syrup, and lavender essential oil.