Daily Devotions

Not Even God Can Go Without Rest

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“And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done.” (Genesis 2:2)


The Japanese people are in crisis. It is almost a disease. It is overwork. Large numbers of Japanese people are dying each year from overwork. These otherwise healthy adults are working so many extra hours, to the point that exhaustion is causing healthy people to commit suicide, or succumb to heart failure. The Japanese even have a name for the crisis: “Karoshi.”


The Japanese are expected to work extremely long hours, with high intensity. They are raised to be corporate warriors, and to “give your all” to the corporation. In 2016 alone, 2,000 individuals died from Karoshi in Japan. Karoshi leaves individuals isolated and exhausted. There is no time left for the raising of children properly.


The roots of Karoshi go back to the end of World War II. People had to pick up the pieces of their nation and begin again. It took an enormous commitment to rebuild from the rubble. It took every person working themselves to death, to move the nation forward. Overwork is considered patriotic in Japan. Many Japanese families are left scarred by loss and trying to find answers to the epidemic.


God new the value of rest. Even the Creator of the ends of the universe needed to rest. Overwork isn’t only a worry in Japan. We Americans also struggle with overwork. It takes a toll on our families and our health. Today, evaluate your health and well-being. Are you working too many hours at the expense of your family and your health? Do you need to change your beliefs on this issue? It isn’t tough and virtuous to sacrifice your marriage, your children, your faith and your health for your work. If God can’t do it, neither can we!

You Were Made Good

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“God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31a)


After each day God said, “it was good.” What God made was good. It may have been corrupted by sin, but it was good. When light and dark were made, “it was good.” When vegetation was made, “it was good.” When animals were made, “it was good.” When human beings were made, “it was good.” Every baby born “was good.” When you and I were created, we were “good.”


It can be hard for many of us to believe we were ever “good.” It is important to believe that God made us “good.” Only then can we have faith to trust that we can be “born anew” as “good” again. I love the way the beginning of Genesis speaks of being “good.” At the end of the Book of Revelation it says, “See, I am making all things new” (Rev. 21:5). God is going to recreate the world anew and make it good again. God is going to recreate each one of us and make us good again!


Today, think about what parts of you, you would like to be made new. Perhaps there were decisions in your life you wish had been made differently. You will be made anew. Maybe you did not act when you should have. You will be made anew. Maybe you simply do not feel somehow, enough. You will be made anew. Thank God prayerfully today, for “washing you clean by the blood of the lamb” and making you good, and new.

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