We are taught that God made all things for the benefit of man. Even the Commandments are for our own good. But how relevant is God’s Word in today’s age? Does doing what God says really benefit the doer? I inadvertently put that to the test a couple of days ago.
I know that God expects man to observe the Sabbath. To put it simply, the Bible says do no work that day, refrain from all activity...just rest.
What it doesn't say is whether taking calls from your real estate agent on a Sunday is considered work. In my mind it qualifies as work, but the Bible doesn't explicitly say that…probably coz there were no cell phones back then.
To get to the point, I have an apartment that I was looking to rent out. However, since I only have the weekends to myself, I couldn't make it happen. So, I decided to forgo my time of rest and make things happen. Every weekend I would speak to some agents, meet a few prospective renters, etc. But nothing worked.
So, finally I decided to leave it all in God’s hands and just do what He says.
Two Sundays ago, I woke up to find seven missed calls from my agent. Instead of calling him back like I always did, I simply switched my phone off. I also fought the temptation to read the newspaper, watch TV, surf the net, etc. Hardest of all, I politely refused my wife’s invitation to accompany her for some casual shopping. Let alone buying or selling, I even refused to talk about or make plans. No reading. No writing. Basically, I did nothing.
To tell you the truth, it was hard initially. But as the day wore on, it became easier. Finally, I went to bed.
Needless to say, I woke up very refreshed the next morning. Shortly thereafter, the real estate broker called to say he had finally found a renter to rent our place. We signed the papers the same week. The money flowed into my account. And just like that the property I worked so hard to get finally started working for me.
All I had to do was trust everything in God’s hands and rest in my blessings.