Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
Knowing that every week, I have 24 hours to shut out the chaos and confusion of our present environment keeps me grounded and focused on the goodness of God. Like me, there are thousands of individuals who observe the 7th day Sabbath from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset that is mentioned in Exodus 20:8-11.
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, enjoy physical rest, and relaxation. Personally, I look forward to the weekly 7th-day spiritual sabbatical that 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.
Friday is the day we utilize to complete the outstanding activities of the week, to cook our meals for two days, clean, and prepare for the incoming day of rest. When I was employed, part of my preparation was completed on Thursday night. Once I made the decision to commit to Sabbath-keeping, my physical and mental strength increased. Because preparation for the Day of Rest requires a systematic approach for completion of the to-do lists prior to sunset, I developed organizational habits that were beneficial to an enhanced way of life.
Often the question arises, “How do you know that you are honoring the Sabbath as God requires?” Think about a trip to a Christian Spa, which provides a quiet and serene environment with lots of amazing scenery. It is the participant’s decision to create a personalized atmosphere with soothing and uplifting music, non-secular materials, no interruptions from ringing phones, and numerous text messages. Forget the electronic tech addiction, and enjoy your pre-prepared healthy food, and the opportunity to get plenty of sleep. Basically, a restful day of relaxation with prayer, praise, singing, studying the Word of God, reading, and lots of joyful laughter.
Nature plays a vital role in keeping our focus on God and His awesome love. Research to discover lakes and other scenic places that are not frequented by mass crowds. Take the time to walk or hike, hear the melodious songs of the birds and breathe in the fresh, unpolluted air. There are still many places that provide a time to reflect on God and the beauty that still exists. The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. Psalm 24:1
I am not promoting a religious denomination, that is undoubtedly a personal choice. I am merely 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 give us a day that will rejuvenate, refresh, and restore our minds and bodies–and all we have to do is cease our ordinary activities for 24 hours.
Nike had a slogan to “Just do it!” I can promise you that there are many benefits to keeping the 7th day 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), and my mood is consistent. Most of my life, insomnia wreaked havoc, leaving me weary every day. Since dutiful Sabbath-keeping, I am enjoying a peaceful REM sleep.
All in my life is not perfect; even so, when troublesome times come, I remind myself that I belong to God. As I release my burdens through prayer and study, I have stopped resolving challenges based on my experience. If the God who created me also rested on the Sabbath; And by the seventh day, God had finished the work He had been doing, so on that day, He rested from all His work. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it because on that day, He rested from all the work of creation that He had accomplished. Genesis 2:2-3; then, I believe that He knows what is best for my well-being.
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.
Please note that this Devotional is a reprint that has been edited to remove my practice of attendance in the church due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prayer for today: 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 a positive change in my life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!
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