Our current world and national news cycle is moving so fast that just trying to keep up is nearly impossible – and it is a lot to take in.
With all that is going on, if you’ve never kept a Sabbath as set out by the Father, I want to encourage you to do so this weekend. For folks new to this, it can take some time to adjust and get used to it but here are a few things to consider doing:
1. Unplug from the news, your phone, and the tv. These things are not Biblically required, although many choose to do them and treat them as if they are. Why? Because there is wisdom in that. We are connected to the world 24/7 and Sabbath is a time to cut those ties and remind ourselves who we really belong to.
2. Make it a special, set apart time. Do a whirlwind house cleaning BEFORE, even if you only have fifteen minutes to do so. Set the table a bit nicer. Light some candles. Make a special meal.
3. Acquire “Sabbath Vision”. On Sabbath, overlook all work that needs to be done. It will wait. Dirty dishes can remain dirty for twelve hours and be just fine. Laundry can be done another day. CUT THE ROPE BINDING YOU TO THE WORLD.
4. Don’t do your regular work (think your daily grind job) and don’t cause others to work on your behalf as described in Exodus 20. This means not eating in restaurants or shopping. This is a day to relax and enjoy family, life, and time with the Father.
Exodus 20:8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
5. Delight in the Sabbath! No matter what is going on around you, this is a pocket of time, a divine appointment made by the Father with us at the very beginning of creation in Genesis 2. He has always been here, waiting for us, each week for this special time with Him. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never met Him there before, He’s still waiting. No judgement, no harsh “Where have you been?”. You are the prodigal and He is the Father with open arms ready to celebrate your return.
❤️We always need Sabbath, but especially so at times like this.
It is a gift from the Father, we just have to open it.