Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sin can be a hard taskmaster that won't let us rest

God leads us to work and be diligent in whatever service we do for Him. Yet He is not a hard taskmaster. He also leads us to rest too.

But in the verse below we can see that the pursuit of wealth can be wearisome. It can be a taskmaster that keeps driving a person hard in order to obtain more and more. It robs that person of needed rest.

Proverbs 23:4
Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, Cease from your consideration of it.

When a person is not obtaining enough rest tiredness is not the only symptom. We all know from experience that when we are tired we are more irritable, more negative and unhappy, have trouble concentrating, are quicker to lose our cool and our low resistance can set ourselves up for sickness.

I don't want this devotion to give the impression that the unbalanced pursuit of wealth is the only area that can weary us. Several areas of sin rob a person of rest. Can you think of times when you were pursuing after something out that was not God's will and you didn't rest when you should have? Did that desire keep you from going to bed? Or keep you from taking a day off etc.? So let us ask God to open our eyes and reveal to us any sinful area that are driving us hard and robbing us of God ordained rest. Obtaining this knowledge can be an added deterrent to slipping into that area of sin.

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