“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy”
Why is Sunday the Sabbath? Sure, the Bible says: “Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord…” (Ex. 20:9,10). What if you start your work on Saturday? Then, Friday would be the Sabbath. Thoughts like this got me thinking that perhaps the Bible is alluding to something actually much more profound, meaningful, and practical. Let’s take a look:
The sabbath day is woven in the creation story into the first chapter of Genesis. After God finished His work on the sixth day the Bible records something very important. God sees everything He did, and it is very good (See Gen 1:31). The seventh day is where God rests, blesses and hallows this important day (See Gen 2:2,3 and See Ex 20:11).
I had an experience as I was thinking about this commandment. I was praying for a few days about a particular problem. This prayer was like an insistent, but humble, protest for truth. I stood fast, felt God’s presence, and was persistent. There was progress, but a complete resolution hadn’t occurred. Then, I remembered on the sixth day God saw all that he created, and behold it was good (see Gen 1:31). That’s the reason he could rest on the seventh day–He saw what He created as perfectly good. Nothing needed to be added, nor anything deleted.
At that point, my prayer changed. It became a simple prayer of genuine gratitude — seeing what God created and beholding how precious and how good it really is. Then, I was able to rest. I felt peace. I was content. I went and played with my kids. 😀
The next day was a definite sabbath moment for me. Everything was resolved. Good was restored. It was a new day, a truly blessed and hallowed day. The prayer had an absolute effect. I remembered my prayerful work, and the time I spend beholding the good that God had made with gratitude. I relished in this wonderful experience almost all day.
Remembering the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, means something much more than a Sunday celebration to me now. It’s the moments of genuine gratitude that keep the work we do framed entirely on God. “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts” (Zech. 4:6).
This activity of gratitude keeps the work we do holy, and brings complete healing that’s fixed and unshakable.
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