Exodus 31:17- “… for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.”
The biblical theme of refreshing has a variety of physical and spiritual meanings. In Scripture we read of refreshment by resting on the Sabbath (Ex. 31:17), with cool water after physical activity (Judg. 15:18-19), and by soothing music (1 Sam. 16:23).
This passage is not only talking about our need to rest our physical bodies, but also the need for a refreshment in our spirit. Our lives get so hectic that it is easy to jump to the physical aspects of this passage because who doesn’t feel the need to rest their bodies after a busy week?
Refreshment can also be an outward concept. One definition of refreshment is “to give new strength or energy; to reinvigorate”. God has called us all to the ministry of refreshment. A refresher seeks out a person in need. Daily we have the opportunity to minister to others by our presence, our acceptance, our cheerfulness and by our persistent focus on others before ourselves. If we will trust in God and hear His heart for others, our faithfulness to His calling will be more refreshing than any earthly rest for our bodies ever could be.
Prayer: Thank you so much for how amazing it is to be refreshed emotionally and spiritually. Lord, I need my spirit refreshed and renewed today. Help me to hear Your heart.