Today is my brother’s birthday. Happy Birthday Jason! I am grateful for your friendship. Jason and I grew up in a hard working family. In addition to his full-time job, my Dad also farmed and worked cattle. With five kids growing up in the same house it was hard to do Sabbath well. Occasionally we would cut firewood or do something pressing on the farm on Sunday’s, but for the most part, we rested. We attended morning service and then had the afternoon to do as we pleased. Our Sabbath day was very intentional, but we managed to rest pretty well.
Jesus teaches us the Sabbath day was made for us to enjoy. As kids growing up, we played together, ate a good meal at the end of the day and got ourselves ready for the upcoming week. Jesus tells us, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” As we consider developing our own Sabbath rhythm, let’s keep Jesus’ words at the forefront of our minds. Observing the Sabbath is not about following the Law, but about entering into a rhythm that provides rest.
So what’s it going to be? Are you going to dare to attempt Sabbath rest this coming weekend? If so, prepare for it. Don’t just expect it to happen. Holy rest is very opposed by the evil one. He does not want us to enter into rest with our Lord. We must choose it and fight for it if we expect to have any chance at enjoying the gift from the Father.