A Time to Rest

The book of Ecclesiastes closes with an interesting verse: “Too much studying will wear out your body” (Ecclesiastes 12: 12 The Message). 

What a strange verse! If you’re like me, you were brought up with the admonition to study hard to get ahead. Yet, God warns against too much studying, saying that it will wear out our bodies. Is He giving us a license to be lazy? Hardly, for God hates laziness too (Proverbs 9:15). 

So what is God saying? If we look at that verse closely, God is not condemning studying He’s opposed to “too much” studying. In other words, we need balance in our studying. 

Are you “studying” too much? Are you all work and no play? If so, do less studying and more relaxing. If you do, you will not only be obeying the Word, but you will also be a more balanced person and writer.

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3 thoughts on “A Time to Rest

  1. How interesting. As I read your post, I thought that maybe some people would use studying as an excuse for doing anything worthwhile! I mean, if we spend all our time reading writing books and attending writer’s groups and reading blogs … well, when would we get any writing done?

    I try to mix it up. I read for pleasure as well as for learning. I attend my writer’s group for socialization as well as learning. I read blogs for networking. I do Facebook for fun, finding friends and keeping in touch.

    But I also have to make writing time and keep it.

    Amplified says: much study is a weariness of the flesh.

    We can overdo anything.

    March 6, 2009 at 8:38 AM

  2. Great post, MaryAnn. With my progressing back problems, I have been “forced” to rest at frequent intervals…but realize how important that is if I want to continue being mobile. The Lord has also shown me that often, while I’m resting, I can spend that quiet time with Him. So I’m getting refreshed physically AND spiritually! Blessings, Patti Jo

    March 6, 2009 at 12:21 PM