• Jill Jarrell Newsome

A Time of Rest

Scientists say that “our bodies are genetically wired to require one day out of every seven for physical, emotional, and spiritual restoration in order to perform at our highest potential.” This is no surprise since remembering the Sabbath is one of our ten commandments. It is a time for us to have intentional rest in order to strengthen our spiritual life and renew ourselves.

Mark 6: 31, “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’” Genesis 2: 2 tells us that God took a sabbatical: He did not rest because he was tired but to be an example to us. “On the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day”

Most of us probably need to be reminded of remembering the Sabbath - one of the ten commandments. Exodus 20: 8, “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” Remember the work has been done. Just as a farmer lets the land rest every seven years. Why? To refresh it.

When we honor the Sabbath we are saying, "I trust You, God." I trust You with my time that I am setting aside for You! I trust You to take care of whatever is going on while I rest with You. The Sabbath is a beautiful gift given to us for a chance to rest, an opportunity to trust and a time to experience God's faithfulness. God knew we would need this to prevent burnout.

I leave you with Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” May you be enjoying the Lord in relaxed and refreshing ways!


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