“So on the seventh day God rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” (Genesis 2:2-3)
God created us with a need to rest. Not only do we need to sleep every day, but we need other regular periods of time when we lay down our daily burdens and rejuvenate. In the covenant with Israel, God provided a weekly Sabbath for them to rest. The people, their servants, and even their farm animals were to do no labor. Every seventh year farmers were to plant no crops, for the land was to get a rest as well. God created us with the need to take time off to regroup and renew.
Our English word “recreation” comes from the idea of putting life back into our bodies. It has less to do with playing games and more to do with creating again the person who gets lost in the daily grind.
Tomorrow, when we observe Labor Day, we are honoring every person who works hard throughout the year by giving them a day to rest and recreate themselves. The idea is not only beautiful, it is biblical.