Sony’s Thoughts: Remember the Sabbath Day
I was thinking this morning what a blessing it is to have a day to draw near to the Lord. We need to draw near to God every day but I think there’s a reason God told us to “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8). It could be argued that we’re no longer under the law or that that was written to the Jews but I believe God’s example of taking a day to rest is for all of us.
Years ago, I used to work seven days a week and I’ve noticed a difference since setting apart one day of the week to focus on God and spend more time worshiping and seeking Him. No matter how much work I think I have to do, taking a day off to draw near to God gives me the strength to be more effective and accomplish more in my work week and it really is worth it.
I’ve also learned that the purpose of the “Sabbath” isn’t to take time off to pursue your own pleasure (Isaiah 58:13). That is challenging at times. I enjoy watching movies or reading an occasional novel but I want God to be glorified in everything I do. Not that those things are wrong but the largest part of my Sabbath needs to be spent drawing near to God. Forgive me if I sound like a broken record; I guess that’s just where my heart is today.
If you work on Sunday, I’m not trying to produce a guilt trip. I have friends who take Monday as their Sabbath. I know some people say it has to be Saturday or Sunday but I feel like the spirit behind it is to take one day a week to veer off from your normal routine and draw near to Christ. Even most household chores can be set aside for that day as you draw strength from Him to start anew the next day. This can’t be at the exclusion of a daily walk with God but can definitely be an extra asset to bring you into a closer walk with Him.