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“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy”

– Exodus 20:8

Today, I want to continue our discussion about Sabbath rest. Not only was Shabbat an important part of Jewish culture, it was and is a reflection of God’s heart, so much so that He included its remembrance in the Ten Commandments. The command to Shabbat speaks to Jehovah’s deep knowledge of our need to slow down. You see, the Sabbath was not only a day set aside by God for His own honor, it was also given to recognize the juxtaposing limits and potential of being human.

From the beginning, the day of rest symbolized that people are not slaves or machines; they are living, breathing reflections of the Lord’s heart, and they need to slow down and be refreshed in order to create and be productive. Unfortunately, we often put the cart before the horse in our achievement-oriented society that values industry, profit, and efficiency above all else. That aside, it’s imperative to understand and live by the truth that rest is part of our DNA — it’s just as necessary as food and water!

Friend, to honor the Sabbath means to pray, play, learn, and just “chill”! When you set aside a day to connect with Jesus through prayer, to do things that are joyful, to study and learn the Word of God, and to simply chill out, you will experience the essence of being made in the image of your Creator. Don’t feel guilty about sitting in a rocking chair and sipping a glass of iced tea or laying down on the couch to daydream, because you were made for those things! No matter what your mind, boss, family or friends are telling you, it’s okay to veg; in fact, it’s the only way to reach your full potential!

Prayer


Jesus, I acknowledge that I need to slow down and “chill out” in order to live the life you intended for me.

Reflection


How do you “chill out”? When will you take your next Sabbath rest?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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2 Responses

  1. Truly amazing Bobby, you really answered many questions that I have had in the past couple of months, and this on the Sabbath Day which is in fact Saturday just look at the end of the week, what day is it? The seventh day, not Sunday that’s the first day, however, we can call it anything we want to, but it’s still the seventh day is it not? No body can change that no matter how hard they try, thanks be to God! Amen.

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