Daily Delight

Friday, January 23, 2015

{"By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work." -Genesis 2:2, NIV} 

Shabbat (שַׁבָּת) is the Hebrew word for Sabbath. It means to cease, stop, pause, or to come to an end. In Genesis 2:2, we learn that a day of rest was instated from the beginning of Creation. So, if a day of rest was put in Creation, then why do we not recognize it as something to acknowledge and adhere to? The incredible thing about this is that God didn't need this day of rest. Six days could have been it. But God knew that the seventh day needed to be there because He knew we would take advantage of all six days. God intentionally made day seven with us in mind. What a reflection of His goodness!

It's easy for us to see other people doing so many things and think that it's possible and necessary for us to be just like that, when really they are just like us- a dead weight at the end of the day. We just fail to acknowledge it because we are afraid that we won't be as valuable as they are if we can't do what they can. Nothing the Lord says implies our value is found in these things, but it's still how we live. Why is this? 

Ladies, God is calling you- each of you -into the seventh day of margin. With Sabbath comes f r e e d o m, but you have to be intentional about it. Rest won't magically appear with a knock on your door to inform you that it has arrived. We have to make time for it. Sabbath can even be the little moments. Being able to stop; being able to sit and be still; being able to just breathe. It's all about intention and choice. 

Start to set boundaries to the things we are most prone to become enslaved to. Galatians 5:1 reminds us that we are free from salvation, but it also warns us not to become enslaved again. Living in the f r e e d o m of Sabbath requires lots of attention, intention, and devotion from us. But the rewards we find in doing so make the purpose and devotion we place in the process more than worthwhile. 

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