Rest to show that you trust God rather than yourself.
In Leviticus 25, the people were called to not plant on the 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, 35th, 42nd, 49th, and 50th year.
Certainly today, I could go with no herbs on my patio each of those years, since I would just purchase some at the grocery store.
But these people had no grocery store and they depended on their agricultural produce to LIVE. Rest every seventh year by not planting?
At least that’s what we think they said. . . When they’re taken to exile, 2 Chronicles 36:21 states “The land enjoyed its sabbath rests; all the time of its desolation it rested, until the seventy years were completed in fulfillment of the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah.” We think the land needed 70 years of rest because the people failed to give it any time to rest while they inhabited it.
What would it take to not plant every seventh year?
It would take absolute trust in God.
I don’t know about you, but I struggle with trusting God. Not because God’s untrustworthy–God is absolutely trustworthy. But I can’t see God, and sometimes I’d rather take matters into my own hands than sit back and trust that God will work.
But to exercise my trust muscle, I’m choosing to rest, to not work, every seventh day.
I will rest to actively trust that God will take care of me, that God is good at taking care of me, that God is trustworthy and true.
Rest. With. Me.