“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
I want to encourage you today to rest, relax. I want you to know–you do enough. Can you embrace that word from God? You do enough. You are enough. God is pleased with you and he’s proud of you. You’re not what you’ve done, you’re not your trophies; you are beloved sons and daughters of God, and you will do great things for him, but you already do enough. You will do great things for God if you can just learn to let go. Move on from living this life closed-fisted, feeling like you have to control everything, to opening up your soul to the good things that come from God. That happens through a rhythm of Sabbath: a rhythm of rest, time with your family, time to gather with others for worship, and a time to realign your identity with the truth. You’re loved by God just as you are and not as you should be. You’re not alone. Whatever you’re going through, God’s with you. He’s on your side. He’s for you and he’s with you.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank you for being a trustworthy God. I can rest and relax in you, because you will take care of me. Please help me to slow down in the busyness and chaos of life to be with you and to serve you.
REFLECTION: Do you value busyness in your life? Do you rest enough during the day? Try taking a break to spend some down time with your friends, family, and God.