You shall work six days, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during plowing time and harvest you shall rest. Exodus 34:21
And He was saying to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.” Mark 3:27
God intends me to rest. He went so far as to command me to rest. And, like all His commands, it is intended as a blessing, not a burden. He commanded it because He knows what is best for me. Jesus made it very clear in the New Testament that this Old Testament command was not to be a chain around our necks. Can’t you just hear the meaning behind His words? “God made the Sabbath to help you, and you’ve turned it into a legalistic nightmare.”
So, as I shared on Monday, this past weekend (both the Jewish Sabbath of Saturday and the Christian Sabbath of Sunday) were filled with work for me. God hasn’t punished me for that, or for the string of days before this weekend that were also filled with work. He is a God of grace.
But His best for me is always … best. It is best to devote a day to rest, to restore myself emotionally, physically and spiritually. He’s offering this … “Rest, Susan. Take a day and reflect on me. Cease from your labor.”
In His presence, I find peace. I find still water. I find rest for my soul. But it takes stopping my frantic flurry of activity to get there.
Americans’ schedules are always full. We fill our days with running to and fro. But like Mary, may we choose the “good part” and spend some quiet time at Jesus’ feet – instead of preparing dinner for Him (or working on the good deed of the day). He wants our fellowship.
Sweet fellowship with Him is often found in rest.