And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27-28 ESV
I’ve always thought Sabbath was something I did for God. I’ve felt guilty about filling up my time with work and activities and not truly taking a “Sabbath rest.” When I read that the “Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath,” I was so confused!
As I’ve sought the answer to what this verse means, I’ve also done some soul searching. My Enneagram type is “The Achiever” with a side of “The Helper.” I’m wired to do, to perform and to take care of people. My to-do list is never empty – I thrive being “on the go.” And yet, Scripture tells me that I need a break. Sabbath is a time of rest – where I am supposed to cease working!
I need to remember that God, in His sovereignty, is always working and always taking care of people. He is the ultimate achiever and is the helper. For me, turning off my “working and doing” mode is an act of trusting that God is who I believe Him to be. Taking a nap, having no agenda running in the background as I play with my kids, or enjoying a Sunday afternoon bike ride is hard for me, but I am learning to see this as a time where I am actively trusting God. Where do you need to practice resting in God? I’m convinced that as we follow God’s design for Sabbath, we’ll see why He created it for us.
Press on, Mama!
More Moments in the Word:
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep 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, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. Exodus 20:8-11
Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Psalm 46:10-11
And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.” John 5:16-17
To Consider this Week:
How do you practice Sabbath?
How will you find time to rest and remember who God is this week?
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