Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Many of us recognize this as one of the Ten Commandments, the same list that includes “thou shalt not kill.” But how many of us keep it? We can become consumed with and driven by ambition and success. As a result, we may have become accustomed to working every single day and not resting as we should. On Sunday, Pastor Taylor encouraged us to do just that. In his message, “Guard the Gates,” he reminded us to be intentional about taking a day to rest--a Sabbath. 

When we work nonstop, we can start to trust in our own work ethic and not God’s provision. But we can find comfort in knowing that God can do more with our six days than we can with our seven. He wants to replenish us. We will never find restoration without rest. The book of Mark tells us the Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath (Mark 2:27). God created the Sabbath so we don’t get burnt out. He wants us to live and flow from rest. He wants us to escape from the routine. 

Sabbath is from the Hebrew word “shabbat.” This is related to the verb meaning “to cease from the routine.” In other words: don’t do what you normally would do and do what you normally wouldn’t. The Sabbath is about breaking your routine and it’s best done in community. It’s a day to enjoy time with family, a day when cell phones, Netflix and work emails take a backseat to community. Even God rested. He created the world in six days and rested on the seventh--but not because He had to. God neither slumbers nor sleeps, but by resting on the Sabbath, He set the example for us. 

Nehemiah 13:22 says, “Then I commanded the Levites to purify themselves and go and guard the gates in order to keep the Sabbath day holy.” We encourage you to protect the day. Draw clear boundaries about what you will and won’t do on the Sabbath. You can also pray, “God, give me the courage to honor you with my day.” 

“If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken. - Isaiah 58: 13-14

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