Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
There are many benefits to putting aside all secular activities for 24 hours, to give 1/7th of our busy lives to focus on God, rest, and relaxation. Personally, to look forward to the weekly 7th-day spiritual sabbatical lifts my spirits, and enables me to have a stronger relationship with God. Since one 24-hr day is devoted to cease all activities that are not spiritual, it keeps me on a procrastination-free schedule during the other six days.
Nike had a slogan to “Just do it!” I can promise you that there are many benefits to keeping the Sabbath. It has enhanced my relationship with God, my medical diagnoses have stabilized due to no stress, the aging process of my body has decreased (still no wrinkles), my mood is consistent, enjoying a peaceful REM sleep, and my knowledge of the Word of God has become deeper due to an increased desire to study.
Friday is our time for preparation; we cook our meals, clean, and complete all secular activities prior to sunset. When I was employed, part of my preparation was completed on Thursday night. Once I made the decision to commit to Sabbath keeping, my daily strength to prepare for the Sabbath increased, all because I made the decision to honor Exodus 20:8-11.
I have been asked, “How do you know that you are honoring the Sabbath as God requires?” Think about a trip to a Christian Spa: quiet environment, soothing and uplifting music, reading nonsecular materials, no interruptions from ringing phones, or numerous text messaging, forget the electronic techy addiction to laptops, no cooking, healthy choice food, plenty of sleep, and lots of beautiful scenery. Basically, a time of prayer, praise, singing, and lots of joyful laughter. In addition, I commune with God in a church environment with others who share my love for worshipping collectively.
Nature plays an important role in keeping our focus on God and His awesome love. We also take weekly trips to the beautiful Granbury lake when the weather permits, which in itself provides a time to reflect on God and the beauty that still exists.
I am not promoting a religious denomination, that is certainly a personal choice. I am simply pointing out that God knew the damage that the hardships of life would cause to our spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical bodies. It is his wonderful gift to us a lifestyle that He tells us to remember–the 7th day Sabbath.
Make the change, it is a win-win situation, and incorporate the Sabbath into your life. God’s plan for our lives always ends in victory.
Prayer for today: Dear God, I desire the lifestyle that you developed for me. Please give me the courage to remember the 7th day Sabbath, and make the decision to just do it and make the change. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!
Sonya Johnson Ruiz
Millaa Millaa Falls, Queensland, Australia