Set Aside Time

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2016

Day of Rest

Key Bible Verse: The Sabbath is the LORD’s gift to you. That is why he gives you a two-day supply on the sixth day, so there will be enough for two days. (Exodus 16:29)

Dig Deeper: Exodus 16:11-30

The most common objection I hear about Sabbath keeping is that people don’t have time to do it. I can understand the disruption one may feel being told one of the days in their week is God’s and God’s alone. I sympathize greatly. Obedience rarely fits perfectly into our current work schedule. Sabbath is a hard thing to keep, ironically. The Jews were well aware of this fact and would take an entire day – the “day of Preparation” – to get ready for the Sabbath day. On that day all the work would be done to prepare for Sabbath rest.

It turns out rest requires a lot of work and intentionality. Rest never “just happens.” Anyone who attempts to keep a Sabbath will run into some personal crises. For me, the greatest challenge on the Sabbath is my phone. It is, without question, the hardest thing to let go of on the Sabbath. Turing it off is like coming down from an addiction. Fingers trembling, my rest truly begins when I am no longer of value to the world through that little device that never rests.

Sabbath is saying to the world that you are of no value to it for that day. You find your value solely in our Creator.

– A. J. Swoboda in The Dusty Ones


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