I’ve been thinking about Sabbath rest and what it means to me.
I admit that I’ve learned over the years what Sabbath rest is … setting aside Sunday to spend with God.
These days of busyness, it is very difficult to set aside a day, let alone a Sunday since so many businesses are open on that day.
I remember a time when it was the money-hungry few who were open on that day. Now, most everyone is on that train, even Christian businesses. It’s very disappointing.
We’re going to go deeper into Sabbath rest .. I’m astounded and shocked how misled I have been. And, I have disappointment that I have not understood God’s Sabbath words.
Sabbath rest has meant to me in the past a day of rest, inactivity where you spend time with God and with your family.
I want to pose a question to ponder: If you choose a day as Sabbath (most people consider Sabbath as Sunday), and we should cease from activity, why do we go eat out after church, or shop, and cause others to work?
This is not the point, but because I work in retail, sometimes I have to work on Sunday. And, I see a lot of church folks coming in to buy hot food that we have cooked. I have to work because folks are there to buy.
What if we stopped spending money on that day, and instead prepared for that day of rest and meditation upon God by preparing everything the day before, getting everything done?
That would be ideal!
What Is Sabbath Rest?
As a friend of mine posted on Facebook recently (Leisa Price):
“Jesus is our Sabbath rest, which is why we are to rest in Him continually. Rest does not always equal inactivity. It is a soul at peace in Him and at rest listening to the Holy Spirit and only doing as the Father leads.”
That made me stop and think and ponder, so I began to do a search of scripture.
Hebrews 4:1-2 God’s promise of entering his place of rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to get there. For this Good News – that God has prepared a place of rest – has been announced to us just as it was to them.
I encourage you to read verses 3-7 yourself.
Hebrews 4:8-11 This new place of rest was not the land of Canaan, where Joshua led them (Joshua 22:4). If it had been, God would not have spoken later about another day of rest. So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God. For all who enter into God’s rest will find rest from their labors, just as God rested after creating the world. Let us do our best to enter that place of rest. For anyone who disobeys God, as the people of Israel did, will fall.
How To Enter Sabbath Rest
I have read these scriptures before, but to be honest with you, I never read them slowly nor researched the scriptures more deeply about this.
The Sabbath rest is not a place nor is it an earthly time such as day of week. Keep reading and you’ll understand more fully what I’m saying.
God rested from creation because it was finished! He had completed His plan, including the time when He would come down in human flesh to be born of a virgin, to save what was lost.
God wants us to enter His rest now! It’s not about the day of the week, it is all about resting in Jesus now, a soul at peace and rest no matter what is going on, no matter what we face. It is listening to God with complete and total trust and doing what God says.
Does that mean that you or I should not take a day off from activity once a week? No, it doesn’t.
But, after researching God’s Word and praying about answers to these questions, it is about the frame of heart. Jesus provided that rest, not a particular day or hour, but every day … through faith!
It’s not about obeying the Old Testament laws of Sabbath rest, it is all about Jesus!
It’s about reflecting upon the greatness and majesty of our God and Savior and listening to His Spirit at all times.
It’s about being grateful (thankful) for now and eternity with God.
How thankful are you that God chose you? I want to hear your heart.
I am thankful to God this post was featured on 4/10/16 on Smart Mom Smart Ideas, so go visit.
See the guest post sequel to this post that I shared on Worshipful Living on April 4, 2016.