Finished, Rested, Blessed

“When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground— then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed…

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it… Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.’ Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said,

‘This at last is bone of my bones
    and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
    because she was taken out of Man…’

“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 2:5-8,15,18-23,1-3

Every part of His masterful creation was carried out in divine order and precision, and God pronounced it very good. Then, with vast heavens and earth in place and complete, with man and woman fashioned in His image, entrusted with meaningful and fruitful work, He rested, satisfied, and blessed that day. (Genesis 1:31)

God has appointed us 24 hours a day, and the stewardship of them. When we take command in disorder, we end up bereft of rest and blessing. When we take time to seek the Lord each day and worship at his feet, to offer ourselves a living sacrifice to His service, He leads us to test and approve His will by intentional action and obedience. He supplies discernment to understand His course as well as the wherewithal to finish the work. The blessed result is an inner rest and refreshment that comes with the completion. (Romans 12:1-2; Colossians 3:23; 2 Timothy 4:7)

What work has God inspired that never gets done? How do we manage holy intentions? Where need we follow through in worship, making a visit, writing a note, or study? How thoroughly do we finish the work He’s planned for us?

Father, help me wholeheartedly complete each work You assign, for Your good name’s sake.

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