Hard work is in the American psyche.
It’s our work ethic, part of the American Way. We work hard – a lot – and we get rewarded with a good life.
Still, there are times it’s good to take a break from our hustle and bustle.
The Bible gives us 6 Reasons You Should Take a Vacation.
Mark 6:30-32 tells us Jesus encouraged his disciples to take vacations.
“The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.”
Luke 5:16 says Jesus regularly vacationed.
“But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.”
Ecclesiastes 3:13 reveals vacations as God’s gift to us.
“Also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.”
Matthew 11:28 says God is waiting to give us a vacation.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Mark 2:27 assures us our vacation is for our benefit.
“And he said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.’ ”
Leviticus 23:3 says to leave your work at home when you go on vacation.
“Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work. It is a Sabbath to the Lord in all your dwelling places.”
So, do the American thing. Work hard. Bust your knuckles to get ahead in the world. Then, as God’s Word says, take a vacation. Rest. Relax in the knowledge that God is with you in everything you do, even in your vacation.
Rest is our due when we’re working hard for the Lord.
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