June 12, 2020
Today’s devotion is based on Genesis 2:2,3 “By the seventh day, God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy because, on it, he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”
The universe had been created in a week. God rested, though not for reasons we might think. Our almighty God was not worn out. He wasn’t looking to put his feet up. He did not need a moment to regain his strength. Rather, he rested because he wanted to establish a pattern. God rested because he knew we would need a day to rest, to focus on God and his goodness toward us.
Resist the temptation to tell yourself that you’re fine not being in church. Fight the idea that you don’t need to be in God’s house regularly. There, God meets with us to feed our souls with his Word, nourishes us, and gives us strength for the coming week. There, we hear the wonderful news that our sins are forgiven in Jesus.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, forgive me for the times I have neglected you and your Word. Help me to seek the rest that only you can provide. Bless my family and me as we make time to be in your house as soon as our congregation starts to gather together again. In times of trouble, help us to remember that you are there offering consolation and protection. I pray this in the name of the Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen