Proceed At Your Own Risk – Day 2

THE SABBATH // MAY 17, 2022

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 

Exodus 20:8-10

The fourth commandment is probably the most undervalued and misunderstood. How important is rest? Well, God slipped it into the top 10 list of life-giving -- not life-restricting -- principles. Often, believers get too caught up on focusing more on which day it is than what it's about. Sabbath comes from shabbat shalom, which literally means Sabbath peace. It's about being restored to wholeness, rest and recreation. Shabbat comes from the verb cease -- to stop. It's patterned after the creation account; God didn't stop because he was tired. He stopped because he was finished, and it was very good. Rest is not just something we do in between jobs and work; shabbat is a gift, dealing with a healthy life rhythm.

"Battery low; connect your charger to continue working.” That's probably the most dreaded computer notification we receive. Computers aren't built to work non-stop without reconnecting. The same could be said of us: we need to connect to our power supply. That’s why God commands us to set aside time to rest in him and be refreshed by his love. Too often, we worship our work, we work at our play and we play at our worship. Playing with recreational vehicles can sometimes look exhausting: we take our toys out of town, sit in traffic on the way there, sit in traffic on the way back, clean them out, put them away and then wonder why we don't feel at rest come Monday. We can get so busy trying to "recreate" that we often feel the opposite of what it was intended to do for us. We grow the most and become our healthiest selves when we seek bonafide rest. We become stronger, and we go further when we slow down. The command is to keep the Sabbath holy, or set apart for a purpose -- different than anything else. If we're going to be God's people, he won't judge us if we mess up (we have forgiveness), but he wants us to be set apart for a higher purpose. A day of rest and worship can help us reconnect to our power supply.

What does taking a Sabbath look like for you? When do you feel closest to God? How can you set aside time to do those things each week? Taking a Sabbath is an exercise in learning to trust God. When we choose to rest and reflect on him, we’re admitting we're not the ones keeping the world running. God has that all under control. He wants us to be fully charged for life and for his work by recharging both physically and spiritually. God enjoys giving rest to those he loves. Be intentional about taking your Sabbath, and make it count!