Imagine a day where the cares and stresses of the week fade into the background. There’s no work to be done. In fact, you made special preparations the day before to ensure that this day is all it was meant to be; a day set aside for spending time with your best friend.
Sounds pretty amazing, huh? The best part is that this incredible day is real.
If we go way back to when this day, the Sabbath, was first created, we find ourselves in Genesis 2.
“And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” (Geneses 2:2-3)
There are 2 key points in this passage.
1. God rested from His work.
In Genesis 1, we read that God created the world in 6 days. He had been working and creating all week long, but by the end of the sixth day, He finished His tasks and was ready to rest when the seventh day arrived.
2. God sanctified the seventh day.
Looking back to Genesis 2:2-3, we can easily see that the Lord rested on the seventh day (after all, it says it three times). The key point here is that God only blessed one day: the seventh. Why is this worth looking at? Exodus 20:8-11 gives us some insight on that.
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.”
The Sabbath is something that God wants us to take part in. He only blessed one day, which means the Sabbath isn’t just some random day we pick out. It’s so much more than that!
Because God blessed the seventh day Sabbath in a special way, we can know that this day is holy and one that God specifically set aside for you and me (Mark 2:27)!
Pursuing Joy and Rest in Christ
Personally, I don’t know how I’d survive without the Sabbath. It truly is a remarkable day.
Just to think that God created a specific day as a means of giving you and me time to lay down the worries of the week and re-charge in Him is amazing!
Here are a few ways my family and I observe the Sabbath!
- Spend time at church, worshiping and fellowshiping with other Christians (Luke 4:16, Matthew 18:20).
- Set aside personal time to talk with God and read the Bible (get creative! I love journaling and designing my favorite Bible verses).
- Help others through service.
- Spend extra time with family and friends, developing closer relationships.
- Go outside and let the beauty of God’s creation sink in.
For more ideas on what you can do during the Sabbath, check out these articles:
God set sanctified a special day, not to burden us, but to give us rest and joy in Him.
The best part is that this day can become your reality. What are you waiting for?