You shall keep the Sabbath, therefore, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whosoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people.
How many of us have done laundry on our “day of rest”? Or just one “quick” task. I know I am guilty. In those moments I don’t think it’s ever occurred to me that what I’m doing is displeasing to God, but the truth is… it is. God said we should not even kindle our fire (Exodus 35:3).
Now I realize we are no longer under the penalty of the law – so I know God’s not going to put me to death or “cut me off from among His people” (if He was going to He would have already – I did the math I have not observed over 2 years worth of Sabbaths!) – but if He thinks it’s this important… isn’t it something I should think is important as well?
He says it’s holy. Holy means “set apart, dedicated to the service or worship of God.” So our “little” tasks literally steal from what is God’s. Ouch! He takes rest very seriously. So seriously that He wanted us to understand that it was something we do for Him.
The truth is He likely put this law in place not just to have time for us to get quiet and commune with Him but also because He knows how He made us. He knows we NEED rest. Even God rested and was refreshed on the seventh day of creation. Rest is important.
Lord I repent for not making the Sabbath day holy. God it is to be set apart for You. Even though I know only too well that working 7 out of 7 days only wears you out and you still don’t get everything done – even though I know that, I still have not been faithful to observe Your day. Lord help me to learn to do this. I want to honor You. I ask for creative ways to carve out the time to truly rest and set a day aside solely for that purpose. Thank You that You value me getting rest because You know it’s good for me. You are such a wise and loving God. It’s my honor to spend my life learning more and more of You.
You know, I have to pause and be really honest. As I sat here pondering what I’d just written I thought, “Do I really believe all that? Because if I do, I need to follow it. Am I even able to follow it? Do I want to follow it?!” Some may think it odd that a woman without a job is having such a difficult time making way for rest. The fact of the matter is that you don’t have to be getting paid to be doing “work”. Ask any stay-at-home mom!
I guess for me one of the biggest things is finding the time to rest. I “do” a lot. It’s hard to just stop. As humans we have such a tendency to do things in our own strength rather than walking in God’s. Lord please forgive us and help us to walk in Your ways!
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