Scripture Reading — Hebrews 4:1-11
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates” (Exodus 20:8-10)
God gives us the time we have, from the beginning to the end of our lives. It is not our own.
Many people, however, have the arrogant notion that time is their own, so they should be able to spend it as they wish. They get upset if someone “wastes” their time. But time is not a commodity we get to “spend.”
God built creation with Sabbath-rest as its goal. This was not because God was exhausted after six days of creation. The rest that God commands is for us so that we can enjoy His creation and honor the One who gives us life within it. So, each week we should enjoy a day of rejoicing in God’s work while setting our own work aside.
Plenty of people think that this command is not relative today. They believe their own work is so important that it supersedes God’s Sabbath command. It does not. Resting and rejoicing in God remind us that we are not in control.
Some stores are not open on Sundays (Chick Filet for instance). In this way, they show they love God more than money. They and their employees enjoy a Sabbath-rest in honor of God. God has prospered them and will do so for all who keep his Sabbath.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the time You give us. Thank You too for reminding us each week that time is not our own. Bless us, we pray, in Jesus. Amen