Sabbath Time (8 October)

Morning Encounter:

Read: 

Remember that the Sabbath Day belongs to me. You have six days when you can do your work, but the seventh day of each week belongs to me, your God. No one is to work on that day—not you, your children, your slaves, your animals, or the foreigners who live in your towns. In six days I made the sky, the earth, the oceans, and everything in them, but on the seventh day I rested. That’s why I made the Sabbath a special day that belongs to me.

Exodus 20.8-11

Reflect:

As we approach the end of our week, we are reminded in the Ten Commandments about a specific period of time where we are to step back and remember that we belong to God. He intends for us to follow the pattern he established during the creation of the world and rest one day in seven. It’s a day to worship and delight in God and to practice gratitude. If we don’t honour this period of time, then we lose our balance and we risk losing our soul. Sabbath should be a time for joy, celebration and reconnecting – with others and with God.

Respond: 

Spend some time today resting even if only for a short time. Get away from your usual patterns of work, make this day different – refreshing, restful, a time of gratitude. Enjoy music you like to listen to, food you like to eat, the company of good friends, exercise and fresh air – this is a good way to spend time today!

Midday Meditation:

‘The spiritual rest which God especially intends in this commandment [to keep the Sabbath holy] is that we not only cease from our labour and trade but much more- that we let God alone work in us and that in all our powers do we nothing of our own.’

(Martin Luther)

Evening Reflection:

‘Modern civilization is so complex as to make the devotional life all but impossible. It wears us out by multiplying distractions and beats us down by destroying our solitude, where otherwise we might drink and renew our strength before going out to face the world again.’

(A.W. Tozer)

Spend some time tonight in silence with God. Wait on the Lord, renew your strength.
 

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