Keeping the Sabbath – A Lost Art

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Rest. Reset. Revive.

A few weeks ago I started Leading and Loving It’s “Read the whole Bible in 90 days challenge.” It has been difficult to keep up with the reading, but it has been eye-opening to start at the beginning of time and work my way through the history of my faith. It is amazing what you can learn in Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers – the books I once thought were easily skipped. Throughout the Torah God was constantly reminding them over and over the rules that He wanted them to follow, and many times explaining why. One of the “rules” that has caused me to think this past week is keeping the Sabbath.

 Genesis 2:2-3 On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work.  And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.

Exodus 20:8-11 “Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. You have six days each week for your ordinary work,  but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you.  For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.

 Now, I have never really been in the habit of absolutely no work on one day each week. Sure, I spend Sunday morning fellowshipping with believers and more often than not I partake in a glorious Sunday afternoon nap, but I don’t fully lay down my work and just enjoy resting in the presence of my Lord.

Last week we got back from a week-long vacation, and let me tell you it was wonderful! We were able to camp one night and spend the rest of the week in Branson at a water park and Silver Dollar City. (Side note-One highlight was going to the Sight and Sound Theatre to see the production of Jonah. It was AMAZING! Such a great reminder that all of us fall short and we all need God’s grace and redemption.  Their portrayal of the beauty of repentance gave us goose bumps! It is a must see if you are in the area!!!)

The week away was just what the doctor ordered. This past year has been hard on me mentally and physically. It seems that I have never had a long enough break to get my feet back under me and ready to go for another round. But this break was different. With God’s help I was able to unplug from everything that had been worrying and bothering me. I was able to just focus on loving and spending time with my husband and kids. We were able to start each morning praying and asking God to guide our steps and give us favor. Then we watched as God provided and worked in such a way to make our vacation about as good as it could get.

I wish I was in a stage of life or in a financial state that we could just go away for a week-long vacation whenever we need a break or a time to reset. But I am not, nor will I probably ever be.  But maybe that is why God created the Sabbath! If I consistently and for the lack of a better word, “religiously” keep the Sabbath day a day of rest and dedication to the Lord, then I won’t need to hide out on vacation to give me the strength to get me through!  That weekly refreshment will be enough.

Life is a series of battles, and my friend, I am becoming more and more convinced that they aren’t going to stop until we reach heaven. So it is so important that we create this God-directed habit. We need a time to rest our bodies and our minds. We need to allow God in. By spending time with Him He can reset our perspective and align it with His. During the pause we allow God to fill us, to revive us and give us exactly what we need to get through the coming week. It will be last until the next day of rest that is really just right around the corner.  It will be even better if we allow this reconnection with God to start a constant conversation that lasts for the next 6 days. When we walk with Him daily our time of rest and refreshing will get sweeter and sweeter each week.

My goal this month is to keep the Sabbath. It will be challenging since this is one of the busiest months in my job, but I know that when I faithfully keep His commandments I am blessed in all that I do. Will you join me? Let’s Rest, Reset and get Revived together.

How do you keep the Sabbath Day holy?

 

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31 NLT

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