“It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.” — Exodus 31:17
Rest and Sabbath can be difficult and confusing concepts in this “hustle” culture. My job hardly allows me time to slow down and just BE, especially in this incredibly busy fall season, so I wrestle with how to rest.
“and was refreshed” = “naphash” in Hebrew = “to be breathed upon”
Sabbath is “to be breathed upon” with the breath of God, the breath of life. If we’re constantly running around and never stopping with a DO, DO, DO attitude, we’re providing a moving target for the breath of life. Moving targets are not easily reached. If we’re constantly running around, that breath is only landing here and there.
Sabbath creates the stillness that provides a steady target for the breath of life to be breathed upon us. We must provide a still and steady target for the breath of life.
“He says, ‘be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the Earth.” — Psalm 46:10
If you want to be refreshed, you need to be breathed upon.
Be a still and steady target for the only breath that will recharge, refocus and renew you.