Remember the Sabbath Day

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God.
Exodus 20:8-10

People today are so busy and distracted that the voices of competition, success, selfishness, pride and pleasure often deafen our ears and fill our lives with earthly troubles. But as God’s people become quiet, we hear yet another voice. We hear that whispering voice that calls out to us. As we listen even closer we hear the voice of God.

Breaking out of the cycle set by “other gods” we soon find that it is the one true God who sets the rhythm of life. God blesses his people with all they need. He allows six days for work and gives the seventh for rest, worship, and prayer.

As we consider the Third Commandment, we understand that we are to fear, love, and trust in God, so that we may be rested and refreshed; not only by our taking time away from unnecessary work, but especially by gathering with the people of God to worship, pray. Remembering the Sabbath day means we remembering God is the source of our very lives and livelihood. Keeping it holy means gathering with the saints for worship and thanksgiving. Jesus says, “Come to me all who labor and are heavy, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). And the people of God say, “Amen.”

Prayer: Gracious God, bring us rest and refreshment through your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

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