Failure to observe Sabbath is a failure of this…
Observe the sabbath. Keep it holy.
I haven't always gotten this right.
And when I don't it shows.
Scripture commands us to observe the sabbath:
Deuteronomy 5:12 - New International Version
But that doesn't mean the world makes it easy for you to keep it. Nor does it mean your family will make it easy for you to keep it. Nor your job. Especially church jobs.
The responsibility is on us.
We say it's not possible.
We say we have too much to do.
We say people won't leave us alone.
As if it's God's problem that we can't take a Sabbath.
But it's not.
It's our problem.
Failure to follow Sabbath is a failure to believe that you are worthy of grace.
And let me be clear: YOU HAVE BEEN MADE WORTHY OF GOD'S GRACE BY JESUS.
If you don't know where to start, let me share my failures:
- Don't try to make it perfect. You'll crash and burn. Yes plan ahead but don't expect the world to stop, just because you decide that this commandment now deserves attention.
- Don't expect it to be 100% peaceful. Parents with young kids can't have a peaceful sabbath. At least not often. But they can practice a mindset. What a wonderful example for your kids...to show them that it is okay to slow down every so often.
- Don't be surprised when you encounter God. And that's the whole point isn't it. God might be in the wind or the fire or the still small voice but if you don't stop to search, you'll have a harder time encountering Him.
If you decided to start truly taking a Sabbath and have a story you'd like to share about the experience, please let me know! I'd love to help others learn from you.
Until Everyone Hears,
P.S. - If you'd like to have a few seconds of pause, use this video for part of your Sabbath time:
What are your thoughts?