Our Fulfilled Rest

Josh Wanner40DOW

But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?” And Jesus answered them… “The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”

Luke 6:1-5

Which of these best describes your life?
– I’m so busy, I don’t have time to take on one more project.
– My life feels satisfied. I’m as busy as I want and as lazy as I wish.
– My life is lacking purpose, somedays boring.

In our 40 Days of Wisdom, we are applying biblical wisdom to learn to make space in our life for the people and things that matter most. God has given us the talents that allow us to be successful at our careers, the knowledge of how to complete tasks skillfully, the finances to enjoy chosen hobbies, the blessings of family and friends, and opportunities to serve. Most of us are also given time in our 24-hour day for sleep, relaxation, and fulfilled rest.

In our Bible reading for today, Jesus and His disciples are walking through the grain fields on the Sabbath, eating kernels of wheat. The Pharisees are concerned that what is occurring is unlawful on the Sabbath and they confront them. Jesus says, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” For Christians of today, Sunday is usually observed as the day of rest and worship – the Sabbath day.

Hopefully you still view Sunday as the Lord’s Day – time to be in community with other believers and invested in the study of God’s Word. In our busy lives, we often see Sunday as the day to get caught up on the tasks of the past week or get the laundry done for the week ahead.

Jesus says in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” In this Lenten season, may you find fulfilled rest in the loving comfort of Jesus.


Lord, You alone know the aches of our heart and the worries we bear. For those who are overworked and sleep deprived, we pray for refreshing rest. For those who have satisfaction and fulfillment in life, we praise You for their joy. For those searching for purpose, we pray for direction. May Your fulfilling rest restore us and help us be in greater service to others.

Daily Reading: Proverbs 17

– Contributed by June Huff