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After six days of creation, the Lord set aside day seven for Sabbath rest. We may think we can do without rest, but soon that behavior catches up with us. The Lord has made us to work, but we also need rest to recharge. Even your cellphone tells you when it needs to be recharged. If you don’t, it will run out of power and not work. Our phones are not made to keep working continuously, and neither are we.

Therefore, the Lord commands us to set aside time to rest and refresh by spending time with Him. When the Israelites received the ten commandments, the third commandment was about the Sabbath. Exodus 20:11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day, he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy. [1]

Sabbath Rest is Important

The Sabbath rest is not a ritual or being lazy. Taking a Sabbath is really learning to trust God, so I can take time off and still make a living. When we choose to remember the Sabbath and rest and reflect on God, we admit the world will not fall apart if we take some time with the Lord.

The Lord wants us to be fully charged like a battery for our life and the plans He has for us. People need to recharge physically with a good night’s sleep, a restful vacation, or just a general break from life. Likewise, we must restore our spiritual life by spending time in God’s word, praying, and attending worship.

Sabbath Rest Changes Our Priorities

Sabbath rest changes our priorities by getting our noses off the grindstone, allowing us to look up and think about the Lord. Spending time with the Lord will enable me to praise Him and reflect on what is essential in life. On the Sabbath, the Lord can refresh me and call back if I have drifted off the path. Getting caught up in the world and forgetting the Lord’s plans is easy. His way is much more fulfilling than following the ways of the world.

I was watching a teaching recently when a man said he did not have time to take a Sabbath. His friend replied, “You don’t know who you are meeting with.” Of course, when we spend time with the Lord, we meet with the Creator, the most critical being in all creation. In all my years of ministry, I never knew a person in the last part of their life that wished they had spent more time at the office. God wants to spend time with you and refresh you is just something to ponder and praise the Lord.

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[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ex 20:11). Tyndale House Publishers.

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