There is an interesting verse in the book of Exodus that adds a tremendous insight into the creation story as found in the book of Genesis, chapters 1 and 2. It is a verse that also gives us some fresh insight into the God whom we worship and serve and who revealed Himself to us in Jesus Christ. Of course, this means it sheds light upon our own lives as well – and dictates that we change to come into line with God’s design and God’s plans and purpose for us. And we do this for two reasons: so that we can become all that we are called to be as well as do what He wants us to do and be involved in. Powerful verse.
Exodus 31:17 “It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed.”
I like what Robert Morris (Dallas/Fort Worth pastor) has to say about this… “How is an omnipresent God refreshed? Because He doesn’t have a physical body, this verse refers to more than just physical rest. Literally it means “to take breath.” After creating this world, God stopped and “took breath.” Likewise, Sabbath allows us to stop and breathe – to restart our minds, bodies, emotions and spirits.”
I admit that I am guilty of not taking a breathe on a regular basis. I like what I do and so it is a joy to “work” and so I don’t think of taking time off. I never think GGIM (Good Grief, It’s Monday) nor do I celebrate TGIF (Thank Goodness It’s Friday). I celebrate each day as the sun rises (I watch it rise from my second story office window) as a gift from the Lord, the Giver of all life. I dedicate the day and myself to Him and simply jump in with both feet. When the day is over – long after the sun has set – I thank Him for the day and crawl back into bed. So, do not do a lot of thinking about a day off or taking a Sabbath.
Yesterday was Monday … And I did something I seldom do. I slept in, drank several cups of coffee while doing “nothing” and took the afternoon off and did some things I wanted to do that were not work related at all. In fact, didn’t involve accomplishing any tasks at all. It felt good. And, by supper time, I could feel the difference – I felt refreshed. Gee, God may be right – we do need to take time away from “everyday life” and simply let our body, soul and spirit breathe. Afterall, if He needed to rest and be refreshed – and we are created in His image – how much more do we need to take this weekly time to “be” and to stop our “doing”?
Have you stopped to “take a breath” recently. Are you obeying the 4th of the Ten Commandments to take a weekly Sabbath? If you are careful to obey God’s moral laws as expressed in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20) – then remember not to break this one – “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.” (Exodus 20:8). The book of James states that if you break one you have broken them all – so, let’s obey the Lord and take this seriously needed Sabbath rest.
Just a thought!