|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Enjoy the journey by redeeming the time”
Our Bible verse for today: “On the seventh day God had completed his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.” Genesis 2:2 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Keep the rhythm”
I think it’s perfect that our month of thinking about redeeming time, living in the moment, sabbath-worship, and sabbath-rest, is ending on a weekend (just in time to observe the Sabbath). What will you do this weekend? Will at least one of the days be spent in rest and worship?
In Genesis 2:2, in the creation story, we discover that after God had spent six days working and creating, He spent an entire day resting. Why? Was He tired? I think not. God doesn’t get tired. So, why did He rest? And why did He make it a point of not only recording in the Bible the fact that He did rest, but He then made it one of the Ten Commandments for us to do so as well?
The answer is that He did it as an example for us. If God can take time off then so can you. This is so important that when God made it part of the creation story and one of the Ten Commandments, He built worship and rest into the rhythm of life. John Mark Comer writes that God built Sabbath into the DNA of creation, “… he built a rhythm into the DNA of creation. A tempo, a syncopated beat. God worked for six, rested for one. When we fight this work-six-days, Sabbath-one-day rhythm, we go against the grain of the universe. And to quote the philosopher H.H. Farmer, “If you go against the grain of the universe, you get splinters.”
In other words, if Sabbath is not part of the rhythm of our lives we are out-of-synch with the tempo of creation – and there’s no way that can be good. There’s no way it can result in a contented and happy life. Words and phrases like hectic, disorganized, frazzled, discontent, and overly busy are coming to my mind.
The practice of a Sabbath day is important because it helps us create a Sabbath mindset that then carries over into the rest of life. A day of Sabbath-worship and a day of Sabbath-rest can become an orientation for all of life – a life that is lived in synch with the rhythm of God’s creation.
I encourage you to keep the rhythm. Observe the Sabbath. Observe it as a day, and then incorporate it as a lifestyle.
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