Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun. ESV Ecclesiastes 2:11
Sabbath provides a needed weekly opportunity to reflect on our lives and God’s work in it. Too often our weeks go by so quickly that we have no opportunity to consider what we are doing, whether or not we are making progress toward our goals, or even to consider our spiritual condition. Perhaps God recognized our lives would quickly race out of control and thus mandated we take one day a week to pause, reflect and re-calibrate our souls.
When Solomon paused to look at all the work his hands had done and all the toil he expended in doing it, he realized all he had worked for was ultimately vanity–unfulfilling and worthless in light of eternity. We have all heard the stories of men on their death beds who realize they lost their families to gain fame or fortune. Others like Steve Jobs build mighty empires only to die early. Others build great families or companies, yet cracks in their character ultimately lead them to ruin. Most of these men failed to take time each week to consider the work of their hands. Were they even doing the things they wanted to do? Were they making progress in the areas of their lives that really mattered?
I pray you will take time to consider the work you are doing and the amount of effort you are expending in doing it. You need to do this weekly. I know that seems often, but from experience (and Biblical teaching) I know how fast we veer off the courses we set. May you obey God’s command to rest, reflect and renew your soul. Take time to take stock of your life. Do you know what God has called you to do? Are you headed remotely in that direction? Was this past week wasted or well-spent? Yes, some weeks are hard, and not every week will move us closer to our goals. But I know most weeks will pass quickly, we will work from dawn until dusk, fall in bed exhausted, then get up and repeat. By taking time to reflect, we assure our steps are ordered toward God. Take time to reflect.