A Sabbath rest

Date: Saturday, July 19

ScriptureHebrews 4:1-10

Verse: So you see that a sabbath rest is left open for God’s people. (Hebrews 4:9)

relaxRemember the Saturday mornings of your childhood? If you are about my age, you may have memories of sitting in front of the television with a bowl of cereal to watch Bugs and Daffy. Or maybe you remember soccer games at the local fields, running around with the neighborhood kids, or weekend sleepovers. We used to make the most of our Saturdays, to forget school and connect with our friends. As adults, it is pretty easy to slowly chip away at our Saturdays until there is little of that relaxing time left. The ever-present pull of the work, yards that need to be tended to, cars and homes that need maintenance — all of that can make our Saturday feel less restful than a day at the office.

The author of Hebrews uses scripture to remind us of our need and the commandment for a Sabbath (traditionally Saturday, though you may have a different day off) rest each week. We need time to renew our bodies, minds, and spirits. We need some downtime. Someday, we get to enter into the eternal Sabbath, but for now we get to celebrate it each week.

Don’t waste your Saturday. Find some time for rest and renewal. Make some time for prayer and study. Know that when you do, you are not just being lazy, you are following God’s command and plan for our lives.

Prayer: Teach me, O God, to rest in you. Amen.

Action: Use your Saturday well.

Respond: Are you good at resting, or does having nothing to do make you uncomfortable?

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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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