I am seeing a theme forming. Sabbath and joy are closely tied together in scripture. “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORD’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the LORD” (Is 58: 13 – 14). The Sabbath is for our own good. It is not punishment, but instead an invitation into joy and rest with the Lord. We are to consider it a delight to join the Father in his rest for us. We are setting off into a new week and everything in us wants to take the day by storm.
The Oregon Ducks, who finished second in this years’ college football season had a phrase this season that kept them focused, “Win the Day.” I agree with that line of thinking, but I offer a different take on it. The best way for us to “Win the Day” is to rest in God. If we will choose to first get our bearings by being with God and God alone then we give ourselves the best shot at achieving that goal. After all, according to Jesus to win is to lose. We win life by losing ourselves. By putting our agenda aside and letting His take over. The only way to do that is by resting in Him at the beginning of our day.
God’s word is true: If we prescribe to daily Sabbath rest in Him, then we will truly experience life as it was intended to be lived.