Poetic Knowledge Entry: Statements on Rest

My brain is not connecting the dots today. I drove several hours on Saturday, and I had some great thoughts I was going to post that I no longer remember. So this is all I have to contribute to the Poetic Knowledge book club.

I remember some of the dots, but I don’t remember how I was going to connect them.

So. I present to you: dots. Let’s see if you can help me connect them.

  1. We should teach from a state of rest. So says Andrew Kern, though I’ve not yet seen that thought developed and I’m not sure I understand what he means.
  2. Rest is a key theme in the Bible, and it is supposed to be our constant state in Christ. So says my pastor, whose favorite theme is rest. I have gathered thus far that the rest he means is a state of the soul and heart, not a state of the body.
  3. The Old Covenant order of things was 6 days of work then a day of rest, first modeled by God in Creation, then followed by Israel. The New Covenant order of things is a day of rest, followed by 6 days of work, as modeled by Christ, who rose from the dead on the first day, beginning the work of the New Creation. Doug Wilson’s Easter sermon was on this topic. We no longer work to earn our rest. Christ has earned our rest and it is our starting place, it defines our work. That was from my pastor‘s Easter sermon.
  4. Rest is the opposite of anxiety. I listened to a sermon on anxiety by Mark Driscoll in the car on Saturday. Anxiety is fear, usually based in some way in the realization that we are not in control. Rest is trust and faith because we are reassured that God is in control.
  5. Sometimes rest means inactivity. Sometimes rest means peace. Sometimes rest means freedom from fear and anxiety. Sometimes rest means faith and trust.
  6. How are leisure and rest related? Let us here establish the dot that leisure and entertainment are not only not synonymous, but also not related.
  7. Work is good. Man was given work before the Fall. God calls us to work and tells us to make effort, to strive. Our effort and striving, of course, does not earn merit or worth, which is ours only in and through Christ.

So, even 3 years after the Leisure book group, I’m still wrestling with how the dots of rest, leisure, work, effort, and life connect.