Scripture reading: Genesis 1-2

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.         Genesis 2:2-3

In the beginning, a glimpse is given of that which was undistorted by sin. Resting on the seventh day is part of that design. God sets a day apart and makes it holy. He creates a sanctuary in time in which men and women can come to worship Him. It is the Sabbath. That is the meaning of the word we translate as “rest.” It means “to cease.” God rested—not because He was weary. God rested to set aside a day for His children to rest. Eventually it would become a commandment, but first it was a gift (Exodus 16:29). Most people shrug off this gift and do not care to open it. It is a shame. Many people boast of their workload and how much they do. This exhibits a lack of self-control. God has designed us for rest. He has designed us to cease on the seventh day. How have I viewed the Sabbath? Is it a priority for me? This text calls me to worship God in this special sanctuary of time each week, as the Sabbath comes to remind me that I have been given permission to cease from the busyness of the world.

Dear Lord, please search me in this. Do I rest? Do I cease? How have I rationalized Sabbath out of my life? Help me open and value the gift of the Sabbath each week as I look forward to special time with you. Amen.

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