8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days, the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. Exodus 20:8-11
Good Evening and Happy Sabbath
The Sabbath is approaching, and I am asking each of us to have a session of prayer and fasting from our usual routines. This Sabbath, I am fasting from my electronic devices, which I also use for secular purposes.
If you are not familiar with the seventh-day Sabbath, it begins at sunset on Friday and ends at sundown on Saturday. God created the Sabbath for humanity, so we would enjoy a much-needed break from our regular routines and only focus on the spiritual component, which is often neglected. It is a time that we put aside all secular activities. It is a time to search the scriptures and pray, a time to build our relationship with God.
The Sabbath is like a day in nature, quiet and peaceful; a time that we listen to music that uplifts and honors God, a time to offer intercessory prayer for others, and the time to reflect on the blessings that you have received during the week. It is the much-needed refreshment for our souls. And we get to enjoy additional physical rest, which is a great benefit.
I love studying the Word of God and praying–just talking to God and expressing all of my concerns, but more importantly, I thank Him for giving me His never-ending love, grace, and mercies. Because I certainly have done nothing to deserve His gifts.
There has been an overwhelming number of events during the past week. Many of us have kept abreast of the rising numbers of sickness and death. Also, the Stimulus package was a tough fight that has finally passed and been signed by President Trump.
Since our church doors have been closed, and for a valid reason, most of us are separated from each other physically but remember we remain connected through God.
Preparing for the End of Time has come swiftly and with dynamic force. Who would think that the coronavirus would close Church doors, impact the economy, and cause this level of sickness and death?
But one thing we know, God loves us, and He is still in control. God says that he is a jealous God, and we should have no other gods before Him. Whether this is the first time that you will celebrate the Sabbath or if this is an integral part of your weekly worship, enjoy the blessings of peace that come from serving God. He deserves our time and reverence.
Jesus is coming soon, and the suffering that we now endure will soon end. Looking forward to that great day. Happy Sabbath!
Love God, Love Others, Love yourself
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020