Sunday. The Sabbath. A day of rest. One day in seven designed for us to renew ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually from the toils of the previous week, and to prepare our selves for the week to come.
The Sabbath is a special gift to us from a loving from God.
The Sabbath is HIS day, and he asks that we honor it.
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
“Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
“But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
“For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it” (Exodus 20: 8-11)
What are the promised blessings of keeping the Sabbath Day holy?
“Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the Lord.
“If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them;
“Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.
“And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely.
“And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land. …
“For I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant with you” (Leviticus 26: 2-6, 9)
All of these promises apply to us today.
How might we go about restoring His day, the Sabbath Day, as a day of rest?
Here are a few suggestions:
- Attend church with a sincere desire to worship
- Study and ponder the scriptures
- Listen to uplifting music that invites the Spirit
- Study church books or magazines
- Prepare simple meals and eat around the dinner table as a family
- Take a short nap
- Do family history work (www.familysearch.org)
- Write in your journal
- Write a letter or thank you card
- Have gospel-centered discussions
- Visit someone who is lonely or otherwise afflicted
- Express gratitude for your blessings
In our Sabbath rest, let us turn our attention to God.
In what ways do YOU remember the sabbath day to keep it holy?
Day 8 Challenge: Choose to turn your attention to God on his Sabbath Day by spending time doing one of the suggested activities mentioned above, or choose an activity of your own. Share your thoughts about the importance of keeping the Sabbath Day holy in your journal or on social media. #HisDay
This is Day 8 of my Write 31 Days series for 2017: 31 Days to an Authentic Life.
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