There is a specific day in the way that we are to rest from all our labors, which is the Sabbath day. On this day we are to not work at our jobs or even out of our house. This means not going places where people work. This can be hard, but you can do so much more for God’s kingdom on that day instead. This includes Bible study, prayer, worshipping the Lord, witnessing for God, going to church, fasting, and more. When we fast, we afflict our flesh for that time, for it can be difficult on us physically, although spiritually we are refreshed. Speaking of this affliction, God said, “and this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you: For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the Lord. It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute for ever.” (Leviticus 16:29-31) Therefore, it is important to remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.
According to the author of Hebrews, resting on the Sabbath is still vital for our souls in the new covenant. It is written, “let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.” (Hebrews 4:1-5) Resting means not giving in to your fleshly endeavors on this day, but solely doing God’s will instead. We can find real time to study the Bible, pray, worship the Lord, attend church, witness for God, fast, and so much more. God’s will comes first. The Lord knows our needs to work during the week, but this one day can be spared for the Lord. Amen.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will remember the words that were spoken to Moses, which says to keep the Sabbath day holy and to rest from all our labors. I know that I need to remember this as much as anyone else. Thank You for giving me a job that only makes me work Monday through Friday, where I have the weekend to rest from my labors. This gives me so much more time to focus on You and not do things that don’t matter in the long run. In particular, I love to make Saturday the day of my rest for You. This is my Sabbath day. All I desire is to do Your will on this day. I know that during the week I come short so often, but on this day, I dedicate myself for You. I love to get into the Bible and study. You are with me in these times and give me wisdom as I read. In prayer, do I seek Your hand, that You may lead and guide me. Keep me on Your path, oh Lord. Not just on this day, but all the days of my life. I live this life to serve You. My life is dedicated to You and to fulfill Your calling in my life. Help me, Lord. I need You to be the one that guides me and speaks through me also. I love You, Lord. Amen.