During my time in university I had a lot of space to study the bible and reflect and worship
Because unless it was exam or mid term season I usually had at least 8-16 hours of free time a day to do whatever I wanted
While working at my previous job that changed. My feet hurt so much from a day of standing I could not climb the stairs without limping and grabbing on to the banister when I got home.
I was too tired nursing my aching body and preparing for the next day of work to relax.
And my worship was non existent from not being calm enough to meditate on God.
A similar thing happened when I was approaching the end of undergraduate studies in university and voluntarily enrolled in a bridging class that would transition me from undergrad to grad school
Around the months before I got into this hectic and busy phase I could feel God restoring my sense of joy.
But the sleep deprivation and stress and anxiety and unhealthy eating from preparing for grad school muffled out my joy shortly after it came back.
And I realized the sabbath shows us Gods will for our lives.
It shows us that God wants us to be thinking and reflective and emotionally responsive beings.
And not professional and hollow money making machines.
Doing things with God first and His worship and compassion is the way to go.
Working hard without Gods humility or love will turn you into a miserly pessimist.
I’ve met people who started out deeply loving and compassionate but once their wealth increased their love grow cold and placid.
God wants us to be His children and not His slaves.
While work is important, we are far more than just our jobs.