All Things Well – Labor and Rest: February “Tabletalk” – Burk Parsons

All Things Well by Burk Parsons | Reformed Theology Articles at

TT - Feb 2015With the start of a new month comes a new issue of Tabletalk, Ligonier Ministries’ devotional magazine.

The February 2015 issue is on an interesting subject: “Labor and Rest: Finding the Right Balance.” Besides the editorial by Burk Parsons introducing the theme (linked above), there are five other articles developing this matter of our work and our rest.

Here’s how they are listed at the beginning of the magazine:

  • “The Purpose of Labor and Rest” by Miles V. Van Pelt
  • “Missing the Mark” by Richard D. Phillips
  • “The Right Balance” by John S. Redd
  • “The Rhythm of Life” by Ed Welch
  • “A Well-Spent Sabbath” by David Strain

Yesterday I read the editorial, from which we quote today, and D.Strain’s article under “Pastor’s Perspective.” I think you will find both articles profitable, keeping in mind that we will differ with our Presbyterian brothers on certain matters (Strain speaks of Christ fulfilling the covenant of works, e.g.). Follow the links above to both articles.

And, by the way, the daily devotions are on the wisdom literature of the Bible this year – Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, etc.

For today, here is a section of Parsons’ editorial:

Both labor and rest are creation ordinances given to us by God before the fall. They are given to us for our good and for God’s glory, and God calls us to work hard so that we can rest hard. By God’s design, the most revolutionary thing we could do in our busy, fast-paced society is take one day every week to rest and worship with our family and friends. However, we are living in a generation that doesn’t rest well because it doesn’t know what it really means to work hard, plan well, and say no to various opportunities and activities. And too often, the culprit is the local church that programs its people with so many activities that people have no time left to spend with their families and friends to enjoy life together and rest together—let alone take care of widows and orphans.

In many cases, our inability to rest says more about the busyness of our hearts than the busyness of our schedules. As Christians, we are called to labor well and rest well, and only when we do both as God has directed us will we find the right balance in life.

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