15 Thou Shalt Take a Vacation - Matt Meyer

posted May 18, 2017, 7:57 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 18, 2017, 7:57 AM ]
God wants you to have a vacation. Let me explain: Yes, God wants you to work hard and be faithful in school, at work, and in all of your responsibilities, whatever they might be. But I really believe that God wants each of us to have a regular rhythm of vacation in our lives as well.

Vacation is actually a profoundly biblical concept. It’s clear from Scripture that God assumes we will work. But God has to command us to rest. First there’s the whole once-a-week Sabbath thing that you’ve probably heard about.

Then God commands His people to observe a handful of festivals throughout the year, with each festival lasting about a week. And for each festival, God essentially tells His people to take time off, travel across the country, bring some food and drink, and have a party. (Don’t believe me? See Leviticus 23.) Sounds like a vacation to me.

And then there’s the Sabbath year—a whole year of rest, every seventh year.

You’re probably starting to get the picture. God is serious about making sure His people take time off to rest, play, and connect with Him. And if God is serious about this, we should make sure we’re doing it. But we should also learn to be intentional about how we vacation.

Tips for Biblical Vacationing

What does it look like to take a “biblical vacation”?Eating figs? Riding donkeys? A desert fast? Learning to fish with large nets? Or visiting the Holy Land Experience? Well, no. At least, not necessarily. Here are a few tips that can help you vacation in a way that affirms the essence of God’s commands to us to rest.