The fourth of the Ten Commandments says, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God …Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. (Exodus 20:8-10a, 11b).”
The actual word shabbāth in Hebrew means “rest.” For Jews the Sabbath day begins on sundown on Friday and ends at sundown on Saturday. Because Jesus rose from the dead on Sunday, most Christians take their Sabbath on Sundays. This practice began way back with the early church. Both the book of Acts and Corinthians speak of it.
Sometimes the faithful restrict any kind of work, even doing the dishes or mowing the lawn from their day of rest. In our modern world we find that people must take their day of rest when they can. For instance, doctors that work weekends must find another time to rest. It is difficult to find rest for your mind and well as your body.
This command is not only a way to honor God but also a way to stay healthy. In this busy world, it may seem like resting is wasting time. Now I don’t just mean sleeping the day away. Taking time to rest in prayer, study and worship can bring you closer to God. Even just relaxing times with friends and family. Chatting, laughing, and catching up is good and restful. It is one way to refuel and strengthen yourself for the time ahead.
Maybe it’s easier in the summer to rest since we plan vacations and plenty of outdoor times. I pray that you can find rest for your soul and waste a little time with God.
Pastor Lynnae I Sorensen