Remember the Sabbath

Exodus 20:8-11  Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

I’m not advocating that we all have to take a day off. I’m simply going to provide a list of benefits to following this commandment. It happens to be the 4th of the 10 commandments. Also apparently overlooked often. The funny part? You can tell the difference between the people who follow it, and those who don’t.

We all know that one person: Exhausted, bags under the eyes, usually kinda chipper to force themselves to keep going, always getting more exhausted no matter how much sleep they are getting.. Or maybe you are that person? I know that I have been. So how does one handle this, and how does the Sabbath day fit into the equation?

Well, as the verses above indicate, the Sabbath was a day to be set aside for not working, and to rest. Looking at it throughout the scriptures, Jesus said that it was lawful to good on the Sabbath, and that the Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. On the other hand, you can’t be adding a bunch of rules to it, so as I explain how I am beginning to set up my personal rest day each week, I want you to do your own search and research into the Sabbath and talk to God about it for yourself. I have decided that Sunday will be the day of rest for myself and my family.

First off, I’m removing stressors from my Sabbath day. Phone communications will be off on that day from here out. Electronics will not be used on that day, with the exception of having one on in case I need to be reached while out at church. Stressors that will be removed are pointless arguments, disagreements, and all around anything that isn’t restful for the mind and spirit.

Second, if something happens to coincide with my Sabbath days that I can be helpful to another with, I will do these things, but beyond that, working is not going  to occur on that day.

It’s not that I’m going to do nothing on these days, it’s that I’m going to do other things on these days. It is lawful to do good on the Sabbath. Have you any idea just how exhausting it is to do nothing? That’s worse than working six 18 hour days in a row. Whereas this day is to be a day that is consecrated to the Lord. An excellent day to observe God’s handiwork and creation, to study His word and meditate. A day to be set aside to focus entirely on Him.

The reason for cutting out these things, is to rest mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. Your mind will keep your body going if you will rest it, and often no matter how exhausted you are physically, if you are good on the front of the other three, everything be improved and you will not lack for restfulness.

~Paul

2 thoughts on “Remember the Sabbath”

  1. I have been keeping the Sabbath (as best I can) for many years now. It has been truly life changing. We aim to stop all chores by sundown on Friday. I often light candles and say prayers with my kids. I don’t always manage to avoid cooking, but I try to avoid driving and spending money. I let the kids go to birthday parties but otherwise we try to arrange outings for other days I the week. And one of the nice things is that we can still attend church on Sundays in the car (it is many miles away) without interfering with our limit driving rule! The Sabbath is such a gift and also a time of celebration. A time where we enjoy the bounty God has given us and reflect on what God means to us. It is a balance between marking the day as special and putting too many rules on it. But the aims I have chosen really do help to remember the day as special.

    1. Thanks for the comment, Amy. And I completely understand where you’re coming from. If my work schedule allowed it, I would have tried starting my Sabbath around the same time frame you do.

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