“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Exodus 20:8
God did not rest on the 7th day Sabbath because He was exhausted from speaking the world into existence. Indeed, He who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. Psalm 121:4. The Sabbath was made for humanity. Long before we existed, God was aware that we would choose schedules and responsibilities that would facilitate the breakdown and burnout of our minds and bodies. As a result, we have hastened the aging process from the inside out, and often are so weary that we forget to acknowledge who He is.
God provided the remedy by giving us 24 hours to recover from the hardships of life, and to focus on Him, lest we forget that, “I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.” Revelation 1:8
It was out of love that human beings were created in the image of God. The great “I Am” knelt to pick up dirt, and used his hands to sculpt and create Adam, the Father of all humanity. How do we know that God loves us and we are His children? In Genesis, He used His voice to speak the world into existence except for human beings. Then the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person. Genesis 2:7.
From the beginning, we have always desired more than God has given to us. Adam and Eve disobeyed because they contemplated what it would be like to know good and evil. Instead they reaped the harsh consequences of disobedience. We do not have to make the same mistakes as the first couple. If we would focus on the perfect plans that God has for us, then our lives will be blessed and highly favored. The fruit of faithfulness and obedience are inner joy and peace, despite the circumstances of this life.
As Believers, the days of our lives will have troubles and sorrows; yet, Jesus tells us that we can entirely rely on Him. “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. The hymn, “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus” is a Christian hymn with music by William J. Kirkpatrick and lyrics by Louisa M. R. Stead. The words were written in 1882. The song is their testimony that God keeps his promises.
Yes, God is faithful! He is just and waiting to provide us with a beautiful life in the New Heaven and the New Earth. Revelation, chapters 21 and 22. Now is the time to turn to Him and ask for His Divine Intervention and blessings. Can you imagine living forever with the problems that exist in our present life?
3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or mourning or crying, or pain, for the former things have passed away.” 5 And the One seated on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” Then He said, “Write this down, for these words are faithful and true.”… Revelation 21:3-5
This Sabbath change your schedule and take a break from your daily routine. Imagine that you had an extra-large paper bag and every problem, anxiety, and worry you place inside, and throw the bag away. Give God the worries of unemployment, the fears of the Coronavirus, the feelings of loneliness and isolation, all family issues, and any other burden that is weighing heavy in your heart.
Putting our secular activities of life on hold for one day allows us to enjoy the blessing that God gifted to humanity. It is a joy and relief to have sweet communion with God for 24 hours from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. Those of us who decided to embrace the Sabbath experience a deeper relationship with God. We do not consider ourselves to be better than others, because that would be a grievous sin.
The decision to accept the Old and New Testament and all of the Ten Commandments allows us to honor God through obedience. God takes our offerings of obedience and pours down blessings that only a Heavenly Father can provide. The Voice of God is speaking to us through every scripture contained in the 66 Books of the Bible.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you…” Jeremiah 29:11-12
Go ahead, decide to follow God’s perfect plans, and enjoy the peace of Sabbath Rest and Relaxation for 24 hours. The spiritual, mental, and physical renewal that you experience will enable you to view life differently. Living a faith-based life is only possible when we trust and obey God. It is then that you will be able to proclaim, “MY life is in His Hands!” Happy Sabbath!
Bible Reading: Exodus 8
God, thank you for the Sabbath. We ask for the healing of our minds, and bodies along with an increased desire to serve you. Please intervene and give us peace. We ask this prayer in the Worthy Name of Jesus. Amen.
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