By Pastor Bobby Schuller
“Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”
One day, my wife put together the Ten Commandments on this big piece of butcher paper. It was huge! She fastened it to the wall opposite our bed so that when I came into our bedroom, it was like whoa, okay! Hi, Moses!
So, we’re sitting in bed, talking at night before we go to bed. We’re praying with one another. Couples who pray together, stay together. Don’t forget that. And we were talking about these Ten Commandments. She’s staring at the scripture. We’re both looking at it. It’s a bit daunting because it’s the law, but she says, “Which one of these Ten Commandments do you think is most often broken?” So, I went through them all, examined them, and you can make a debate for many of them, but I said, “I’m going to go with number four: Honor the Sabbath and keep it holy.”
Now that is something that has been forgotten, not as much in Judaism, of course, but in large part, it has been forgotten in Christianity, this idea that God calls us to have a holy, tranquil, sweet rest on the Sabbath. There is this idea that we’re supposed to cease, to yield, to quit, to stop every once in awhile. There’s something about that which is built into our very nature.
Prayer: Dear Lord, my soul calls out for rest. Amidst the busyness of life, I need time with you that is quiet and time with my loved ones that is not rushed. Thank you for the gift of the Sabbath. Amen.
Reflection: How do you normally spend the Sabbath day?