As an adult that has to earn a living I value the opportunity to relax and renew my mind, body, and soul. It seems like those opportunities don’t come around as often as I would like. And, as I am typing this I realize that many of you reading this are retired and you’re probably laughing at me. But, let’s be honest for a moment – is your heart and mind being bombarded right now too? It isn’t just work that tires us out – it’s life and all that it brings. Let me see if I can name some of those missiles that reign down on us from the enemy – too much 24/7 news, elections, wars, illnesses, loneliness, face masks, quarantines, economy, and…I’m going to stop now because this making me depressed.

God has an answer for this and it is better than any federal holiday that comes around once a year. In Genesis 2:3 we read, “So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.”, and then in Exodus 20:8-10 we read as part of the ten commandments, “Remember the sabbath day, and 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; you shall not do any work…” If you look at 1 Corinthians 16:1–2 and Acts 20:7 you see that the early church had apparently made the transition to worshipping on Sunday. Scholars debate if this was an “at once” transition or a move that happened slowly, over time; but, regardless it is felt that the church made this move because Christ rose from the dead on the first day of the week. To bring the question of what day to worship the Lord on to a close let us look to Paul in Romans 14:5,6, “In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. You should each be fully convinced that whichever day you choose is acceptable. Those who worship the Lord on a special day do it to honor him.”

And, here is my point – we don’t have to wait till Labor Day to find some rest for our tired and stressed out soul. The Lord gave us a sabbath EVERY WEEK in which we are to honor and keep it holy. Not only does it bring us closer to God and honor Him, but it is good for us in our body, heart, mind, and soul. So, I have two questions for you – are you keeping the sabbath and what are you doing to keep it holy?

We are made for more!

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