The Theology of Work is intimately connected with the Theology of Rest. This is where the project is speaking to me personally. The scripture see work as extremely valuable. Work (any type of work) is ultimately good and worth our effort. Work is part of who God created us to be. Work gives us a sense of accomplishment. In future posts we’ll discuss the spiritual value of work. But there is a danger of seeing work as valuable, we can work too much. We can overwork. We can become “workaholics.'” Work must be balance with rest.
In Genesis 2:2 we see the infinite, eternal, all-powerful God of the universe rest from the work of Creation. Gen 2:2 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. Have you ever wondered why God rested? Did He need to? Was God tired? Of course Isaiah obviously lets us know that God does not grow weary.
Isaiah 40:28 (New International Version)
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
So God must have rested for a different reason than exhaustion or tiredness. I will not speculate the mind of God (at this time) but I will say that God did not need to rest. So if God did not need to rest, He must have rested because He wanted to. Even in the existence of the Almighty rest must have value in and of itself outside of just mere recuperation. Often we only see rest as valuable because it helps us accomplish some other task (recuperation from work or reconnection with family etc.) which is valuable. But if God (who does not need recuperation and reconnection) rested then rest itself must be worthwhile. Rest must good. Rest must possess value.