You must keep my Sabbath days of rest and show reverence for my sanctuary. I am the Lord. – Leviticus 26:2
While Moses was on Mt. Sinai, the LORD gave him many instructions for the people of Israel before they entered the promised land. Among the many rules, regulations, and ordinances imposed by God upon Israel was the Sabbath. The people were to do their work in six days but were to rest on the seventh day and revere it as holy unto God and rest.
It never ceases to amaze me how people in Christendom live their lives adhering to nine of the 10 commandments from Sinai but always manage some way to justify ignoring the 4th commandment! How is it that the Creator of the universe rested on the 7th day of creation and instituted a day of rest on the same day, but we think we can just ignore what God started? Everyone wants to cry foul and say that we’re not under the Law and we’re not subjugated to the Sabbath because of what Paul wrote in the New Testament.
Well is it any wonder why people don’t have peace and their lives are hectic and seem like they are run down and don’t have enough time in the day or week to get things done? It’s because they don’t observe the Sabbath day of rest. Their bodies are tired and worn out from the hustle and bustle of the seven-day work week. God knew that if we work all the time and never take time off during the week, and not just on the occasional vacation, that we’d burn out. How are we to serve our heavenly Father and Master doing HIS WILL if we are always scrambling about doing what we want and enslaving ourselves to work and the cares of this world?
Learn to stop and take a day off once a week to spend intimate time alone with the Father in communion with him and know what it is to rest in him. I challenge each of us to set aside that one holy day per week, as God did and instructs us to do, and see if your quality of life doesn’t improve. I guarantee it will. Why? Because the Father says that with obedience to his word comes blessing!
Father, thank you for making me in your image. Thank you for sharing your love with me. Thank you for your grace that I don’t deserve. Thank you for every new day that I live. Thank you for showing me the importance of taking one day off per week to just relax and rest in you. Yes, we are to have alone time with you daily among the things we do in this live during the six days you’ve designed for us to work, but the seventh day is that holy time when we commune with you in intimacy! May that time be set aside by all within the body of Christ in order that they may rest in you and get to know you on a deeper level. We all want to be more like you, but how can we if we never take time to stop our busy lives long enough to spend time with you?!? Help me to slow down my life and be able to rest in you on that seventh, Sabbath day not out of compulsion to the Mosaic Law but out of my love and respect for you and wanting to be alone with you. Your will be done! In Jesus’ name, Amen.