The Sixth Day
“On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring in, and that is to be twice as much as they gather on the other days” (Exodus 16.5 NIV).
We’ve all experienced seasons of intense labor in our lives – those short periods of time when you have to work harder, faster and more passionately than ever. It almost feels like you are doing double the work in an already tight and full schedule. The number six is many time associated with humanity, since God created us on the sixth day. The number six is also associated with labor, since God assigned us six days of work. So the sixth day in a sense can represent our human efforts, which are distinct from God’s rest. The Israelites gathered manna for 40 years. And on every sixth day, they had to gather twice as much because the seventh day would be God’s holy day of rest, the Sabbath. I have found that my greatest times of rest directly follow my most difficult times of labor. Those extreme seasons of work should not be ignored or sidestepped. They are part of God’s plan and, if completed with 100% of our strength, passion and energy, will lead to the most wonderful moments of peace, joy and rest with God. When God calls us to a “sixth day” in our families, marriages, relationships, work places, ministries, etc., we must roll up our sleeves and get to work. But we can trust that God’s rest will come after we have poured everything out for Him.
“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest’” (Matthew 11.28 NLT).