Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

The text tells us that God rested.  I believe he just wanted to set the example for us.  We all need rest.  This world we live in can be exhausting. We need to be refueled. How do we do that? I believe it is found in God’s word and prayer.  This is a daily practice, however setting aside a day for rest and reflection is essential.  Verse three reads that “God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it”.  The Hebrew word for sanctified is “Qadash”.  The literal meaning is to be set apart, be holy. We need that day to be set apart from the rest.  I believe when we take time to reflect on our life, our purpose, and repent, we become recharged.  We become set apart.  We are different from the rest of God’s creation.  We were made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27).  We were fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). We were made for a purpose (Jeremiah 29:11). And we are to be holy or set apart (1 Peter 1:16).  In other words, I need to take time to rest, pray, and read God’s word.  This will set me apart from the rest of the world, which is what God intended all along!