• Russ Jones


Like the other days of the week, Wednesday got its name from the Anglo-Saxons god. In English, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday are named for Saturn, the sun, and the moon, respectively.

But Wednesday is named for the god Woden (also known as Odin). Woden created the earth and sky (you don’t want to know how). He also created the first man and woman and established the laws of the universe.

Now we know that this is false and that the Lord God Jehovah is the Creator of the heavens, universe, mankind, and the one who put the laws of the universe in order. (Ever read Genesis?)

But we look at Wednesday as a mark in time. “Hump Day,” some call it. (That started in the ’60s, by the way.) For most, it means that the weekend is achievable and that rest is on its way.

Ps 127:2 It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat, for God gives rest to his loved ones.

Getting rest is a rhythm that we must honor. God rested on the 7th day in Genesis. He commands the Israelites to honor the Sabbath. He orders the land to rest every seven years, and in the 49th year - the year of Jubilee - debts are forgiven, slaves are set free, and the land rests.

But the world you and I live in doesn’t allow for rest. Then when the opportunity presents itself, we find something else to do. Listen, I get it. I have a work ethic that, if it went unchecked, would probably destroy me.

But there comes a time when you need to rest your body, soul, and spirit.

There comes a time when you need to honor God first - Sunday and honor His wisdom - rest.

So how are you going to spend your weekend? Running yourself ragged? Having so much fun that you need to go to work to get some rest? Hey, I’ve done that too. That isn’t fun.

Give yourself permission to sleep in, do nothing, read a book, have some free fun and slow down.

Dear Jesus, show me what to do to get some needed rest. AMEN.

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