August is traditionally the month for family holidays. Our word holiday is derived from the Old English word hāligdæg meaning holy day. Such holy days were days of rest from work accompanied by festivals of thanksgiving to God enjoying his goodness, reflecting God’s good purpose for us.
God reveals in the bible that he made us in his image for eternal holiday. He made us so that he could dwell with us in the glory of his perfect love that fully satisfies us so that we have no fear or anxiety, having real rest, knowing and loving him. Maybe some of the sights and sounds we experience on our holidays fill us with awe and wonder, but they are nothing compared to how amazing it is that Almighty God should be willing to freely to share himself with us for our eternal good.
Even though we have lived rejecting God and we try to satisfy ourselves with our own short-lived holidays he did not give up on us. He has done everything needed to restore us to right relationship with him through sending his eternal Son, Jesus Christ, into the world. In Jesus he has made himself known as he really is. He has shown his love for us and how precious we are by Jesus dying for us on the cross so that we can be forgiven for rejecting him. Jesus has opened the way for us to come back to God to know him personally and to enjoy forever his goodness, his love and his rest.
Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11 v 28) The rest, the holiday, that Jesus offers is what God made us for and will satisfy us completely. I hope you enjoy the holidays this August and may you also seek and find in Jesus God’s perfect rest.
Philip Hearn, Pastor