Thank You Lord for Your Sabbath to rest in.
Whether you celebrate the Sabbath on Saturday or Sunday, here’s some food for thought:
God created the world in six days and on the seventh He rested.
This is something we may have been taught as little children. Or maybe read it in the book of Genesis later in life. For some families and individuals, it’s a very different day from the rest of the week. For some, not so much.
I went to my first Virtual Seminar this Spring, and a wonderful teacher – Dr Saundra Dalton-Smith spoke about her book Sacred Rest. She has identified 7 areas where we can be lacking in rest. More than just feeling tired, a lack of rest can impact your health, your relationships, make your thinking fuzzy, cause moodiness, and more.
So we need rest. After talking about the 7 different kinds of rest we need, which you can read about in her book or on her website, she said something that struck me.
God created the world in six days, and on the seventh day, He rested. That I knew.
But He created us, man and woman on the 6th day. So His 7th day, was actually our 1st day after being created.
God made the Sabbath our first full day. We didn’t have to work for it. We didn’t work 6 days like He did to earn our Sabbath. It was His gift to us.
It’s a small distinction, but it’s had a great impact on me. God created everything out of nothing! And then he rested. He must have known we would not be able to work for 6 days before we needed a rest, so, in His wisdom, He gave us our Sabbath at the beginning.
It’s the same now. I don’t have to work 6 days to earn my Sabbath. It’s not something I even deserve from working hard. It’s His free gift to me, that one day a week I can come and spend time with Him to be filled, encouraged, and empowered for the coming week. He will give me what I need so that I am not pouring out from an empty cup.
It’s a small tweak in my understanding, but it’s changed the way I feel about the Sabbath. His gift to me is to prepare me for the week. And since He knows what my week will hold – His preparation is perfect – if I will just take time to connect with Him.
On your next Sabbath, I hope you will set aside time to rest in the Lord: to listen for His voice, to accept His instruction, to revel in His presence.
And to thank Him for your Sabbath.
For more information on the 7 types of rest, take the Rest Quiz