"But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates." Exodus 20:10, King James Version
Rest. It’s something that all of us need. Some people don’t have to try hard to find time to rest. Others have to force themselves to rest. The following scripture verifies God’s desire for us to take regular breaks from life’s stressful moments.
God commanded us to rest. He knew that we needed to rest our bodies and minds. God commanded us to rest on purpose and with a purpose.
We need to take a Sabbath day to rejuvenate and refresh ourselves; even God took a day of rest. (Not that He needed it; it was done for our example.)
"For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it." Exodus 20:11
The key to resting is that you have to take it, plan it and command it. You have to rest on purpose. We see in the above scripture that God blessed the Sabbath and hallowed it, meaning that He separated (set apart) that day purposely for rest.
The human body will get tired, exhausted and just plain burned out if we don’t take a day of rest.
Sometimes there is an urge to keep persevering, even though the human body is saying rest is needed. We keep persevering with little or no momentum, hoping to gain some along the way. However, we only end the day, week, month or year totaled out and feeling as if we have been in a collision with a train, suffering from severe mental and physical fatigue.
God knows our human frailties, even the ones that we are totally oblivious to. He made our bodies and knows more about us than He has even revealed to the medical scientist and physicians.
We have to plan a time of rest and relaxation (a Sabbath). We have to do it on purpose and with forethought because rest is not going to just come our way.
So let’s purposely set a side (hallow) a time for ourselves and families. We will notice a difference in ourselves afterwards. There will be more joy, more peace and lots more patience and love.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us so much that You have commanded that we rest. You made us and know us. You know exactly what we need as Your children. We now realize that Daddy knows best. So we thank You for implementing a Sabbath for us.
P.S We will obey.