…….I am guilty of being one of those people who starts a lot of projects but have few of them finished. I have monumental ideas that often are forgotten or never gain traction. I find much rest in knowing that we have a God who is not the same way. An overview of Scripture would show us that God is a god who finishes the most epic project in history. God creates all creation in a completed state and restores creation in an amazingly fulfilling manner.

Creation and Tomorrow

…….The opening verses of Scripture tell us of the creation of the Earth and everything found within. Genesis 1 tells of each day in creation with a simple yet profound statement, “it was good.” This simple statement of Creation often is overlooked, but the application is amazing. God, as Creator, never makes a mistake in creating. Everything is good and perfect. The first two chapters show us that not only was everything good, but everything in creation has a purpose. On the seventh day, we find the completion of this perfect act of Creation.

“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So, God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.” (Genesis 2:1-3, emphasis mine)

…….These verses show the introduction to God finishing what He set out to accomplish. Nothing more in creation needed to be done. Everything was perfect! Holding to this truth will help us answer the question, “Why did God rest?” If we are not careful, we think in merely human terms that He was exhausted. Michael Horton states, “God did not rest because he was tired; rather, it was the rest of completion.”[1] God rested because He completed the task of creating His sanctuary and His worshipers. In a similar manner, we rest because we remind ourselves that we are not God. We rest in knowing that God is in control and He is sovereign. We are dependent upon our Creator who created everything around us with perfection.  For this reason, Jesus can tell us not to be worried about tomorrow (Matthew 6:25-34). We rest in knowing that God has created, planned, and is sovereign over everything.

Righteous Sinners

…….While much rest and hope can be found in God, rest and tomorrow are not our biggest issues. The fact that Creation is marred by sin and we are sinners is not fixed in God’s perfection. The reason we are anxious about tomorrow and the reason we neglect rest is because we are separated from God. While God accomplished everything at Creation, sin entered the world. God would have been completely justified in letting all of mankind suffer from their mistake. However, from before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1) God knew He was not done. God had already completed the task of Creation, but God was not yet finished with His image bearers.

…….The Gospels tell of the continuation of God’s work. Jesus was born in the flesh and lived the life which we fail to live. Jesus came so those who are made in the image of God would be saved and His Creation be made new. Jesus was the perfect sacrifice for God’s Creation who were no longer good because of sin. Upon the cross we see the completion and perfect work of God bestowed. At the moment of Jesus’ death, man was able to be restored to God and man could be seen as good again. The Gospel of John gives us the account of the completion of the task from God when Jesus says, “It is finished” (John 19:30). The first finished state came from a God who loved His Creation and looked at it with gladness. The second finished state came from a God who loved His Creation and looked at it with redemption. Rest in the finished work of God is not only His sovereign control but also His redemptive act. The paradox of Scripture is God’s Creation was once good, stained by sin, and is once again good by the blood of Jesus.

Salvation

…….We have many reasons to rest as God’s children. Those who are not yet God’s children have a chance at rest in a God who has finished the work of redemption for them. Salvation is not dependent on our finished righteousness, instead, the finished work of Jesus as our substitute is the rest we long for and need. This rest is not a laziness with no work. Rather, this rest propels us into evangelism and discipleship knowing that God is in control. God has already completed so many tasks successfully and I pray we would rest knowing that the work set before us will be successfully finished. Comfort in evangelism and discipleship can be found in God having already started before we did. May we rest knowing that God has finished what He has set out to accomplish. May we rest in knowing the book of Revelation tells us that the final “it is finished” is still yet to come and a perfectly finished state will be our dwelling if we are found in Jesus.

[1] Michael Horton, A Better Way, pg 195