Sunday, July 05, 2009

Sabbath thoughts

Have not blogged in a week...As I get back to my studies in the 10 commandments I turn to the 4th command:

Exodus 20:8-11 (NIV)
8 "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates.
11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

It takes maturity to apply this command to our lives and benefit from it. My son throws a fit when I say it is time to rest. He NEVER wants to rest. He gets tired alright, but that is when he fights harder. He gets cranky. He gets upset. He should gladly just "give in" because rest is the only thing that will right the ship but no-he cannot-he will not give in. Finally, I make him lay down and he drops off into his much needed time of recovery.

Rest. Do you do it? Do you fight it? Or do you just press on like so many cranky, fussy Americans chasing productivity and seeking to get ahead.

God says that He made this day called Sabbath for you. It is your day to rest. Do you have a day that you totally stop? Unplug? Enjoy God? Enjoy family? Friends? If you don't take your weekly break you are disobeying God. He gives us this day for our own good. Maybe we should take another look at it and trust God to bless us as we obey. Recovery. Renewal. Recreation. God's Idea!

1 comment:

Michelle W said...

I have to admit that I had no sabbath and the reality of this really hit home when I went on vacation last week. The first day or two I could feel that my body physically went through a withdraw. I could feel my skin crawling, I felt a little ill, my mind was racing about all the things I "should" be doing. I have been studying the ten commandments with you and had already decided to observe a sabbath because that is what God wanted for me but it wasn't until that moment, feeling withdraw symptoms, that I realized that I am not going to do it just because God said so, although it would have been enough, but I will do it because I need to. Our bodies and minds can only run at full speed for so long. I look forward to observing the sabbath and following God's will for my life.