Jesus asked them, Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill? But they remain silent. Mark 3:4
The 7th Day Sabbath is a 24-hour period from Friday Sunset to Saturday Sunset in which the focus is exclusively on our Spiritual Relationship with God.
All of our activities honor God who is our Creator: Attending Church, Praying, Studying the Bible and reading inspirational books, Nature Outings, Visiting the Sick in their homes, hospitals and Long Term Care facilities, and yes, there is still plenty of time to enjoy extra physical rest.
We utilize Thursdays and Fridays to prepare for Saturday-Sabbath. For 24 hours, we abstain from all secular activities such as watching regular television programs, cooking, shopping, financial matters, going out to restaurants, and all other activities that we have six days of the week to take care of.
The Sabbath is a time that I eagerly look forward to. I am refreshed by the closer connection to God since the distractions of daily life are not present. It’s not that my problems magically disappear or that I pretend that they are non-existent; it’s that I make a conscious effort to obey God by keeping His command: “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.”
The Sabbath eases the burdens of everyday life. Our mind and body respond well to Sabbath rest; decreased level of stress and an increased level of peace and contentment from a mental and emotional perspective. Our physical body strengthens because we do not have to expend energy for the daily rigors of working on a job.
Personally, I am reminded that I was created in the image of God and through my obedience to keeping the fourth commandment, I enjoy the benefit of honoring God and knowing that my life is in His hands.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz