We all love gifts – a box of chocolates, a bunch of flowers, a night at the theatre, a pair of earrings – but what about a time of rest? I love Mothers Day when the lunch is cooked and I can sit and read. It is an expression of my children’s love for me that they want to give me time out. I must say how much I appreciate all their efforts to show their love for me.
Exodus 16;29 They must realise the Sabbath is God’s gift to you
God was telling the Israelites that there was a heartfelt gift he had given them. A day where they can rest from work, be with their family and enjoy life. This was just like mother’s day every week for everyone. God thought that this rest was so important that even He rested after creation – had his own Father’s day. I wonder if God the Son brought him breakfast in bed! It was the first thing he did after all his good work so it must have been important.
But that was Old Testament wasn’t it? We believe in a new rest of heart, a peace within us. There is no need to take 24 hours out to rest. MMmmm I am not so sure. I think that as a principle it is invaluable. Is to ignore the principle of the Sabbath to reject God’s gift to me?
Our lives are so busy we can put God in the empty slots. We give him ‘left over time’. We fit him into what we are already doing. Arrange him around our lives. What if we had to arrange our lives around him? Gave him 24 hours to rest, walk and chat with us. Gave him priority and fitted everything else around him.
How do we deliberately re-arrange our lives so that God, his kingdom and his church come first before our business? It would break the pattern of being busy, re-learning our feeling of having to do to feel accomplished, feeling we have to achieve something in order to be valued.
What would a Sabbath look like? 24hours where you don’t achieve anything. It could be Saturday from 1pm till Sunday till 1pm. You don’t work and don’t rush. What you do in that time is spend time with Father God, people, be creative, go for walks, spend time with your family, ponder and think.
Today: Sit down and soberly consider before God if this is something you feel God is asking of you. Decide a 24hours slot that will weekly be your Sabbath before God. Thank Him for the gift of Sabbath and be excited by the changes it will bring in your life.