Today begins day two in my study of the Sabbath. I am discovering that there is very little said about it in my well-stocked library. This makes me all the more determined to delve into this subject matter. Afterall, if it was one of God's Ten Commandments, it must be pretty important to Him. I know...those were written in Old Testament days. But do we look upon the other nine as outdated and no longer applicable? Here's another thought; The God who gave His people these commandments is still the same God we serve today. I don't think He's changed His mind about any of what was written in stone.
My frustration over not being able to find more on the topic has caused me to pause and ask, what are the benefits to me personally for keeping the Sabbath? Here's what I came up with.
1. It's honoring to God. He said to keep the Sabbath holy, and when I do, I am being obedient. My personal experience tells me that He blesses my obedience.
2. It is an opportunity to get spiritually re-charged. It frees me up to focus on God for a solid amount of time. When I do this, I find that it helps me to put everything else in my life into perspective. The problems don't seem so big. The worries begin to fade. This time set apart for God nurtures my relationship with Him. The closer I am to Him, the more prepared I am for anything that happens.
3. It is a weekly opportunity to take the time to think and reflect, and to see all there is to be thankful for. There's nothing like a grateful attitude to change your entire outlook and disposition.
4. It is a good witness of my faith and how I try to live it out in my day-to-day life.
5. It provides much needed rest ~ physically, mentally, and emotionally. Why do I resist taking the time to have all of my batteries re-charged on a regular basis??
6. It lowers my stress level when I stop the going-going-going lifestyle regularly to rest.
7. It's a huge step in getting my priorities in order....God--husband--family--work and other responsibilities--friends--other interests. I cannot say this is how I live each day. But I think that honoring the Sabbath will move me closer to my goal.
8. It's healthy for our relationships. I can take the time to nurture them by having quality "down" time to spend with them.
This list is reason enough for me to commit to making Sundays a holy Sabbath. It's going to be a huge adjustment! But I am motivated. This cannot be a legalistic issue for me; that will only give me another reason to beat myself up when I fall short. This has to be a heart issue, and my heart is crying out YES to honoring God in this way.
I can't wait for Sunday!
"If you watch your step on the Sabbath and don't use my holy day for personal advantage, if you treat the Sabbath as a day of joy, God's holy day as a celebration, if you honor it by refusing 'business as usual', making money, running here and there, then you'll be free to enjoy God! Oh, I'll make you ride high and soar above it all. I'll make you feast on the inheritance of your ancestor Jacob." Yes! God says so! ~Isaiah 58:13,14 The Message