And He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”
God paints a beautiful illustration of rest when, after He labored for six days, He rested on the seventh. We work hard. We work long days and sometimes forget to take a vacation. I know people who continue to save up their vacation days all year and never use them. That seems unreal to me, especially when I am thinking about it with my toes in the sand on a secluded beach far away from my place of employment. To work is expected, and to be diligent and good stewards of all that God has given us charge over is indeed biblical.
But we need to remember that we can become overwhelmed with our responsibilities. Even to the point of exhaustion. Burnout is real and we can be in danger of our cup boiling over if we do not allow our minds and bodies to rest. God created the Sabbath so that, together with rest and relaxation, we can be refreshed. Let’s not forget to take care of the very vessels that are so needed to glorify God.