July 19: Sabbath

Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work. It is a Sabbath to the LORD in all your dwelling places.

(Leviticus 23:3 ESV)

Sabbath has meant a lot of things to a lot of people over the years. For some, it means the only day of the week they get off of work to see their families. For others, it means the only day of the week they can’t eat Chick-fil-a. For most of us, it means a nap or binge watching TV shows or getting last minute work done before a busy week. It is the day where we are low on responsibilities, and unfortunately, that has come to be all it means to us. Christian, God set apart Sabbath as intentional time of resting in Him. It is the time when we can turn completely away from all the things that busy our time on this earth and be completely Kingdom focused. Let’s have a Sabbath this week. Let’s give God that first day and challenge our families to do the same. Let’s celebrate His wonders and enjoy the day where He has commanded us to rest.

God, I am so often complaining about how tired I am, and yet when my day of rest comes, I fill it with meaninglessness: a nap, a tv show, a project I’ve been wanting to get done. I recognize now that that day is for dwelling in your presence only. I love you, Jesus.

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