S (Scripture): Leviticus 23:1 The Lord spoke to Moses: 2 “Speak to the Israelites and tell them, ‘These are the Lord’s appointed times which you must proclaim as holy assemblies – my appointed times:
3 “‘Six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there must be a Sabbath of complete rest, a holy assembly. You must not do any work; it is a Sabbath to the Lord in all the places where you live.’ ”
O (Observation): This one is a throwback to the 10 Commandments: Keep the Sabbath!
As God’s people are being established with all of these Levitical laws this part of Leviticus begins the appointment of festivals and holy gatherings.
The fact that keeping the Sabbath is the first on this list should not go unnoticed. After working, set aside time to rest. Very important, indeed!
A (Application): I think the concept of Sabbath has been lost on most of us. The idea that rest can make us more productive is just a concept in which people just don’t want to believe.
We always have things that need to get done: dishes, bathe the pets, vacuum, pull weeds, mow the yard, do the laundry, drop kids off, pick them up, deal with the bills, dust…and…and….and then you consider your work life: meet that deadline, respond to those emails (day and night w/a smartphone), make those meetings, fly out to the convention, apply for a raise, work from home…and…and…and…
When did you rest? When did you spend Sabbath with God or family?
The crazy thing about keeping the Sabbath is that, with God, we end up being more focused, have more energy, and have more clarity on the things we are called to do.
With God, 6 + 1 > 7!!!
Take that rest. Let the dishes sit for a day. Is it that important to reply to that email this minute? Find your rest and guard it with all your energy! You will see a blessing from the Lord.
And remember that 6 + 1 > 7, in the Lord.
Have you experienced this before? What has that felt like?
P (Prayer): Lord, you give us rest to be able to bear fruit in abundance. Bring the abundance! Make us believe! Amen.