Without time of rest, my heart hardens because I’m trying to survive, when I should be living and thriving on His Word and His meaning. Living on God’s Word doesn’t mean your life is easy. It’s not the REM song, “Shiny Happy People.” To live on God’s Word, I need to set aside time to give my thoughts and feelings over to God by purposefully praying and reflecting to grow.
I must fear the Lord, which is a positive thing rather than the negative connotation the word fear usually holds. With fear comes a sense of urgency because the stakes are high. So, I must fear the Lord in committing to rest on Sabbath.
With this fear or urgency, I must rest, reflect, and pray. It needs to be ongoing and deliberate. Resting from what I ordinarily do, and reviving and recharging matters.
Jesus did not spend 100% of His time serving the unreached. He would withdraw from public and spend time in solitude with prayer (Luke 6:12). Then, He’d spend time with His inner circle (Luke 6:13). He’d get recharged before He served the masses (Luke 6:17-19).
12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. 13 When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: 14 Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, 15 Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, 16Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
17 He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon, 18 who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, 19 and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.
Each of us are created with different strengths and needs. While we all need time of solitude, we also have unique needs for what renews and recharges us. For me, creating, connecting with others, and having fun is part of that process, but most important is the solitude that precedes to hear and follow God’s will.
How do you protect the Sabbath for time of rest?
What changes would happen in your life if you were more intentional about protecting the Sabbath?
If your Sabbath isn’t protected, why? What priorities need to be rearranged to allow a day of rest, reflection, and renewal?
How do you listen and hear what the Lord wants you to learn and apply?