DID YOU FIND YOUR SABBATH?
8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. Exodus 20:11
Shabbat (שַׁבָּת) (also known as "Shabbos" or the "Sabbath") is the centerpiece of Jewish life , and has been so since the infancy of our nation. According to the Talmud, Shabbat is equal to all the other commandments. Shabbat is so central to Jewish lifeShabbat is the centerpiece of Jewish life that the term shomer Shabbat(Shabbat observer) is synonymous with “religious Jew” in common parlance.
Shabbat is a day of rest and celebration that begins on Friday at sunset and ends on the following evening after nightfall. I wanted to share with you today a couple of things. First, I wanted to see if you found your time for sabbath. I intentionally did not write the last two days to see if you would step into the time and find a way to celebrate the Sabbath with God. Second, I wanted to give you a little definition of Sabbath or Shabbat as it is called within the Jewish culture. It is instrumental and central to the Jewish life and Jesus understood this as God gave us this example from the beginning of Creation. So I start today asking you the question, "Did you found your sabbath?"
Now understand that this is NOT a deal breaker. I am not going to vote you out of the blog and off of my daily texting list. Although some of you would probably be fine with that, lol. But I do want us all to understand the importance of Sabbath becoming part of our weekly foundational habits. Just as much as breathing, walking and talking is something that many
of us do not think about but do, I really hope and pray that we see the necessity and the importance of stepping away and quieting our soul with a time with God. I know that for a lot of us we need to truly make sure that we are intentional in scheduling this time, and I know that many of you are still trying to figure out what you would even do if you stepped out of the hectic schedule and tried to spend time in silence. It is not easy, but I promise you that it will be worth it. You may start by just taking some deep breathes, listening to some Christian music like we provide for you every day in this blog and just writing down what comes to your mind. Do you know that many times that God is directly speaking to us, it could be through our inner voices that are found in our minds. Crazy right. Maybe it is just getting into a hammock and looking at the clouds blow by. Remember doing that as a child and seeing the different images that continued to float by in the sky. Some looked like animals... others looked like objects. Maybe God was speaking to us then and we just didn't take the time to look up. It is literally slowing down enough to see life, breathe for a moment and find peace and rest.
Today's scripture is part of the 10 commandments that were given to Moses by God on Mt. Sinai. Literally, the story was told that Moses went up on the mountain and God used His fingers to write the words on the tablets that Moses brought down to God's people. I don't know about you, but if God wrote it out Himself, I think that it should take a little more concentration and intentionality to apply it in our schedules on a regular basis. I mean it is literally one of the top 10 laws that were given to us by God. It is part of the things that we are commanded to do as the people of God. I know we all struggle with the Top 10. Some are promises in how we should live and treat others and some are directed on how we should respond to God. This is one of the most important ways that we should respond to God. Moses is trying to help set a standard that God had given him for Christians to live out in their daily lives. We are not to steal or kill or lie. We think we can do that. We are to honor God and honor our parents. We try to do the best that we can, but is trying the best we can do? If it meant life or death, would our attitudes toward finding a Shabbat with God something that we would definitely DO! Not attempt, not aim for, but actually do. And if we did it, how much stronger would our relationship with God be today? If we actually fulfilled His commandments, how much stronger would the disciples that we make through our churches actually be? Why do we think that they are just suggestions? But that is another discussion for another day.
My true goal is to really encourage us all to find the time to spend Sabbath with God. I pray that we really do make it a central part of our every day lives. I hope and pray that we are willing to see the importance that the CREATOR of the world mentions it so many times throughout scripture. It is not a one suggestion and done. It is a lifestyle that God wants us to infuse in our daily and weekly habits. We need to step back and invite God into the
conversations about EVERYTHING that we are doing. We need to spend time seeking peace and serenity and maybe our blood pressure would go down a little. Maybe our anxiety levels would start to go down and maybe our joy would be made complete with the interweaving of time with God. I don't think that it is something that is unattainable. I believe that it is something that we have to desire. It is definitely possible for us to follow God's command if we are allowing God to be a part of our schedule. I say this again. Stop giving God the leftovers and let's give Him our very best. I think that God definitely deserves it and we may just be surprised how healthier our lives could be if we spent a little more time with the ONE who loved us enough to give us the greatest sacrifice the world has EVER received. Did you find your sabbath? Yes or No. Do you really want to find peace and be healthier? Yes or No. I close with a line I heard from a TV show last night. If you knew the cure for cancer would be to meet with people two or three times a week, would you be willing to meet so that you could be healed? If we know that God is willing to help us find peace and rest from the chaos of this world, are we willing to meet and find the cure to our chaos?