Studies show that we are more productive when we get an optimal amount of rest.
God knew that our days would be filled with hard work – sometimes extremely hard, physically, mentally, and emotionally. His command to observe the Sabbath with rest and refrain from work was for our benefit.
Six days a week are set apart for your daily duties and regular work, but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God.
After busy weekdays, do you use Sunday afternoons for catching up on sleep? Are you resting today?
Does God need rest? After six days of work in creating the world, did God need a nap? Does He get tired?
No. God is all-powerful, and His energy is without limit. God sat back on the seventh day and watched His creation in motion…and it was good. He appreciated His handiwork and reflected on its beauty.
He knows we need rest, but the purpose for the Sabbath was also for a day of special focus on Him and for appreciating His blessings.
A day for reflection.
In the same way, we can sit quietly and appreciate the accomplishments of the week and say “it was good”, soak in the blessings from the Lord, and also rest. It’s not often that we can fully concentrate while surrounded with activity, so our Sundays are God’s gift to us, so we can focus on Him, His blessings, His accomplishments through us…and rest.
God wired us for productivity. Often we can continue on over the course of time, absorbed in our work (and sometimes play), and not even acknowledge Him.
We need a pause.
The Sabbath is our comma.
We have fifty-two commas each year.
Take advantage of them. You need them.
What about the week after the Sabbath? With proper rest, focus, reflection, and planning for the following week, we are all set for the things God will do for us, in us, and through us the next week.
Anybody can observe the Sabbath,
but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week.
For your rest today, here’s a collection of relaxing instrumentals to help you along as you pause to reflect.
I don’t know about you, but I enjoy the Sabbath. Yes, we have activities at church. But, the remainder of the day is low-key and stress-free. It’s very nice to worship God and think about Him throughout the day more than other days allow.
Beginning on Easter when Jesus arose, God’s people set the Sabbath on Sunday, the beginning day of their week. If you have a job that requires you to work on Sundays, choose another day of the week to be your Sabbath, your pause. God never said it had to be on Sunday specifically.
Having the Sabbath really helps me get prepared for the coming week. What about you? How does the Sabbath affect the following week for you?
It’s a spectacular Sunday! Let us rest, reflect, and praise the Lord!