For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath (Matthew 12:8, WEB).
Seems appropriate to talk about pausing yesterday, and now we move onto Sabbath. The emphasis is rest and meeting the Lord right where we are. Maybe, we aren’t in a good place – in life right now. The truth of the matter is – our great God, who sent His Son Jesus Christ to save us, is ready to sit with and be with us wherever we are! (And He is working in our circumstances, grieving with (or perhaps, over) us, and waiting for us to let Him in)
Sabbath is talking about the weekend, in particular (whichever day you “celebrate” it). For those in ministry, your set apart day of rest might even be Monday or Thursday. Whichever day you set aside, take that time away to be with the Lord, to truly rest, and enjoy His presence. Enjoy doing hobbies that relax you. Which might be golf or reading. Or something different entirely.
We need to enjoy the luxury of resting. The Lord didn’t need to rest, yet He still did!
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Personally, I have a love // hate relationship with rest. Yet, this is what we are given and “achieving” through our. . . well, Sabbathing. The art of Sabbath is sacred rest with our aim to please God by doing as He instructs.
The goal of Sabbath is to keep us from constantly working and being bogged down by life. The Lord wants our souls and bodies to be refreshed, versus what so often happens when we don’t find ourselves allowing Sabbath to be a part of our weekly worship to our great God?
Friends, what kind of relationship do you have with keeping the Sabbath? Do you make Sabbath-ing a part of your worship? What are your favorite ways to spend this time?
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A few years, or more than “a few,” I was blessed with the opportunity to spend a few days at a monastery. It was near perfection (although we might of gotten caught roaming part of the land we weren’t supposed to be near). But, it taught me a lot about Sabbath-ing. We learn a lot in cultures like that, about how we can truly get alone with the Lord – despite the busyness life wants us to partake in. We can learn a lot about the sacredness of being with the Lord and allowing Him to truly teach us about resting.
Maybe, it’s time we reviewed our view of the Sabbath. And, are we partaking in this beautiful gift? Or, simply trying to ignore it once we get in our cars after a church service?