Sabbath State of Mind
Scripture: Exodus 35:1-36:38
The actual day of the week we should observe as our Sabbath was not recorded in Genesis. However, we are given an example of what a Sabbath state of mind looks like in Genesis 2:3, "Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made." The word blessed means praise, salute, kneel, or bless oneself. The Lord gave Himself permission to rest and to celebrate the work He had done on the other six days of the week.
Does taking one whole day off sound foreign to you? That’s because we have lost the rhythm of life that included a day of rest. We are a tired, overworked, disorganized, confused, and sleep-deprived people. What has happened to the Sabbath? Where did it go? When did the ideals of a day of rest get lost?
With bills to pay, broken things to fix, kids to drop off at sports practice, and work deadlines to meet, it’s difficult to give ourselves permission to slow down. Celebrating the work we’ve done seems like a waste of time. But God says to rest and celebrate.
I’m challenged to adopt a Sabbath state of mind. Rest and celebrate. Pausing once a week clears our hearts and minds. This white space enables us to truly focus on praising and worshipping the Lord. We find room to rejoice in the work He enabled us to complete; this helps balance out any discouragement over unfinished jobs. These tasks will still be there when we return to work.
Whatever day of the week you can take in your schedule for a Sabbath, do so. Mark your calendar now and set that day aside for praise and worship, prayer and Scripture reading, naps and knitting (or whatever is restful for you). Most importantly, set your Sabbath state of mind on the Lord and honor Him with a day of rest and celebration.