The Sabbath is God’s gift to us. He knows that taking a day off is so much against our desires, He has made it a rule.
Remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy, is the fourth Commandment. Sabbath means : to cease, desist, a cessation from activity.
In his book Ten, Laws of Love Set in Stone, J. John says that “When we refuse to co-operate with God’s laws for our body’s proper maintenance, we run an increasing risk of malfunction. God tells us that He worked in creating the universe on a daily basis and that He Himself rested at the end of His efforts.
Resting one day in every seven has therefore the highest endorsement possible : it comes from our creator Himself.”
Now we may say that this is easier said than done because there are several professions that must work on a Sunday. Those in the medical professions, in the emergency services, in charge of public utilities, and of course church staff.
If this is the case, and Sunday is a working day for you, it is very important that you take another day off during the week. Regularly, the same day, if possible. The important thing is that we need to make sure we have a regular weekly break, whether on a Saturday, Sunday or some other day.
J. John also says that “Taking a day of rest also makes a statement about who we are and who runs our lives. It deliberately dethrones work from being central to our existence. The issue that this Commandment addresses is a fundamental one : Who controls our time? By keeping God’s day of rest we proclaim to ourselves, and to the world, that God runs our lives. If He is Lord, He is Lord of our time.”
Ideally, if we could all make the same day our day of rest, we could all rejuvenate together, coming together as well to praise our Lord in Sunday worship and fellowship.
For one day in the week, the Sabbath reminds us that we are dispensable to work and the world, but not to our families, our community and our God.
Some Scriptures pertaining to this article ~ Exodus 20:8-11/Isaiah 58:13-14
I feel a real heaviness lately for the world and the direction in which we are heading.
Not regarding wars and rumours of wars around the globe. Not regarding even the hunger that millions suffer from. Not even regarding the injustices upon women and children.
Don’t get me wrong, I grieve for those incomprehensible wrongs.
But the most insidious behaviour of my fellow man for me, is the absolute degradation of our attitude toward God.
Which of course, is why all the above atrocities are happening in the world today. I find it puzzling, that whether we’ve been taught about God or not as we were growing up, that we can believe the evolution story, or that there is no God at all.
Who caused the ‘big bang’? Something had to. The Gospel of John 1:1-3 says this ~ “In the beginning was the Word (Jesus) and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.”
I definitely believe in the ‘big bang’, because when God’s powerful voice spoke the words “Let there be light” (Gen 1:3) the resounding noise that would have taken place, considering the speed of light, would have been enormous. A HUGE bang! And that’s an understatement!
I have been raised my entire life, learning about God, so it has been easier for me than many who were not. But, I want to ask you several questions ~ You’ve been born into this world, feel happiness, joy, pain, rejection, and some of us insufferable pain and loss.
Why do you think you are here? Do you really think there is nothing after this life? If so, don’t you feel cheated? Do you think just spending your life working, working, working, for a home and children, and grandchildren, and being a good person, then dying, is enough?
These are all interesting questions. But being ’good’ is not enough. You can be as good as you like and spend your entire life helping others, but if you do not believe in God the Father and His Son Jesus and the sacrifice that was made for you at Calvary, then life, and all your achievements are in vain.
If you do not recognize that there is a higher power than yourself and that His great love redeemed you from eternal death, then life is worthless.
I’m not scientific at all, but I do know that the laws of gravity and all the rest that keep our vast solar system and all the rest in place are quite intricate and therefore MUST be controlled by more than BANG! and whoops, everything just fell into place! And stays in place!!!
Wow, what a coincidence. That was lucky!
God is real. God is good. He is wise beyond measure. His wisdom is ~ Pure ~ Peaceable ~ Gentle ~ Reasonable ~ Full of mercy and good fruits ~ Unwavering ~ and, Without hypocrisy (James 3:17)
There are some people in the world who treat others abominably. They abuse, ridicule, steal, but how about considering that others should be treated how you would like to be treated. We reap what we sow. In other words, you treat others badly, then it will come back to you.
However, if you treat others well, you will reap what you’ve sown.
There are others out there who gossip and bad-mouth and slander others, for what reason, is beyond me. The advent of Face Book and other such media, has made it easy for the otherwise reserved ones to destroy with words those he/she does not like. Sometimes to the loss of their lives.
Again, if you speak well of others, or don’t speak at all if you really can’t say something nice, you will also reap what you sow.
While children around the world are starving and/or being abducted and sold into the sex slave industry; while nations are murdering their citizens by the thousands just because they don’t believe the same doctrine as their slayers; while the powers that be are all plotting against each other to be the reigning supremacy; we are back-biting, revelling in luxury (compared to some around the world) and in general, just couldn’t care less about the bigger picture.
And the big picture is this ~
God is real. Jesus did come (God in the flesh) and suffer and die for us. He has always had a plan, and a part of this plan, is Jesus’ return to earth. He is coming back, and we need to be ready. Some call this event Armageddon. Well whatever we call it, it will happen, when Jesus Our Lord will return to sort us all out.
So the big question is this ~
Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour?
Check out Genesis 1:3 ~ Matthew 22:37-40 ~ John 1:1-3 ~ John 3:16 ~ John 14:6 ~ James 3:17
There is a link at the top of this page to pray the PRAYER OF SALVATION.