Exodus 20: 8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to theLord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
God thinks that rest is important! He modeled it to us in the creation account. The creator knows that we His creation need time on a regular basis to rest and recuperate, to recharge and reconnect. It is an important part of our existence. But in commanding that we keep the Sabbath holy, God is not recommending a day of slothful inactivity, rather it is a day that is set apart (the meaning of holy) to resting from work and for worshipping God in activities such as gathering together with other believers and taking time to fellowship and grow.
This command seems to be increasingly ignored in our 24/7, always on culture. Don't fall prey to the lure of busyness, take time to rest, recuperate, recharge and reconnect.
DRAWING NEAR TO GOD
Take a moment to meditate on God and who He is each day. Here is an attribute to meditate on. Write down what God would reveal to you about this.
God (Father, Son & Holy Spirit) is Personal - He is intimately present and aware, caring & loving; He knows you and me totally and wants what is best for us and for His glory; Christ is our "personal" Savior and He is our Mediator and Advocate with the Father; Even as God is "transcendent" (separate from, above and beyond, and infinitely greater than all creation), He is also - by His own sovereign choice and purpose - "immanent," meaning intimately close-up, involved, and present in our individual lives. As He demonstrates such closeness, He desires and intends that we be communal and in constant fellowship with one another, as we are united in Him; He desires for the intimacy He has with us to be extended by us within the community of faith.
Ask yourself these questions...
(1) What does this attribute mean about us and our attitudes?
(2) Where would we be if God/Christ did not have this attribute?
(3) What is our proper and reasonable response to this attribute of God?
(4) What things is the Holy Spirit revealing to us as we meditate on this attribute of God?
(5) How can we relate this attribute of God to the righteous life, atoning death and life-giving resurrection of Jesus Christ?