Americans are working more than ever before in our work-obsessed, efficiency-driven culture. It’s no wonder then that countless people are constantly on edge, full of depression and anxiety, stressed, grouchy and burned out. Thankfully, the Bible shows us that we were not only made to work, but to rest and worship. In fact, God has woven the Sabbath into the very nature of creation. We are designed to practice Sabbath rest. Yet, He also offers it to us as a gift of healing to remember that we are not slaves to our work and our achievements, but find our freedom, identity and rest in Jesus’ work on the cross.
In order for us to practice a weekly 24 hour Sabbath in today’s busy culture, we must plan and be intentional, and make a list of activities that aren’t work and give us rest and delight in our Good Father and His good world.
Scripture: Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:15