Winter: a season of sabbath



1. a time of rest

If I were to take a poll, I doubt that most would choose winter as their favorite season.

With the new life bursting forth in the warming days of spring, the days filled with activity under the summer sun, and the days of harvest and warmth for the soul that autumn brings, it can leave us to wonder the value of the winter season.

In a society that praises busyness and hustle, a season centered on patience and rest is often viewed as an inconvenience. We no longer live in a world that is tied to the seasons as it once was. We can buy fresh berries in the dead of winter, drive in cars with heated seats, and can be constantly connected with the phones in our hands.

And with all the good that modern conveniences allow for, I believe one of the detriments is that we no longer value seasons of rest from our labor.

“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation."

-Genesis 2:1-3

In the beginning, when God made the heavens and the earth, he set aside a time to rest. As an infinite, all powerful being God had no true need of rest. So why did he establish a "sabbath", or a day of rest? It was to set an example for his creation to follow.

God knew that on our own, humanity would labor to the point of exhaustion. In His goodness, God accounted for the man's physical, mental, and spiritual limitations and even in His limitlessness, gave us a blue print of the importance of rest.

So as we settle into winter, with the hustle of the holidays and the excitement of the New Year behind us, let us seek to find rest. Let us find time to be still and know that He is God.

Let us wait on the Lord and be strong in the power of His might.

Let us embrace a season that was designed to draw us into living slower and to draw us into sabbath.

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