Monday, March 04, 2013

A Thought for Monday 3/4/13

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God.  In it you shall do no work; you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your mail servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gate.  For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day.  Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.”  Exodus 20:8-11 NKJV

A truly praying people must first be a people of the Sabbath and a people of the Book.  When we find ourselves so busy that we cannot even conceive of a full 24 hours of rest, it is virtually impossible to even find quality time to spend in the Word and in prayer.  Even the Almighty recognized six full days in which work would have to be done; remember this was a culture that would depend entirely on the land for its sustenance.  There is hardly time in working from sun-up to sun-down to make time for rest as we well know even today, let alone make time for prayer.  Yet even then the Lord recognized the busy-ness of daily living and what would be required; so He sanctified the Sabbath and commanded that it be observed.

If we truly want this land to be healed, we must become a people of the Sabbath devoted to worship, prayer, and study of Scripture.  We must use the time “sanctified” for this very purpose so that we may fully connect – or reconnect – to our Creator and that perfect Image in which we are all made.  Then we can know what is the true will of the Most High.  I think we might all be pleasantly surprised for what our Lord has in store for us if we would simply take that time given to us.  It is a Gift, perhaps among the greatest of all Gifts from Above.


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