“Keep my Sabbath day, for the Sabbath is a sign of the covenant between me and you forever. It helps you remember that I am the Lord who makes you holy. ” Ex 31:13
It’s easy to gloss over this verse and say, “it’s old coventant. Jesus came, so we live in the new coventant.” While that is true, there is certainly power behind these words about sabbath. In fact, this concept of sabbath is mentioned over and over for a reason. That reason jumps out from the text….”it helps you remember that I am the Lord.” If we work day after day without rest, it is easy to fall into the temptation of believing that we are God. We have to stop, quit it, be still, long enough to be reminded that we are the created and He is that creator. Sabbath rest does that. It helps us refocus on our place in the Kingdom.
For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, but he rested on the saventh day and was refreshed. (vs 17) Refreshed, who today does not need refreshment. Everything is fast in our world, busyness is the god of choice, and rest is sign of weakness. However, God himself took time to rest, and calls us to rest not as punishment, but as a means of reconnection to the life source. Sabbath rest is a gift, and it works. Just ask the owner of Chick-Fil-a restaurants…
Prayer: God in Heaven, thank you so much for your model of sabbath rest. Thank you for giving us permission to rest, to be restored. May I accept this gift from you this week. Help me to carve out time and lead my family in sabbath rest. Amen