Sabbath Rest

Isaiah 30:15-18 This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. You said, ‘No, we will flee on horses.’ Therefor your pursuers will be swift! A thousand will flee at the threat of one; at the threat of five you will all flee away, till you are left like a flagstaff on a mountaintop, like a banner on a hill.” Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice, Blessed are all who wait for him!

There is nothing better for a child of God than a day spent at rest, in fellowship with God and one another. Some celebrate the Sabbath on Sunday, others on Saturday but those who belong to Jesus have Sabbath rest available to them every day. When we turn from our work and rest in the work God desires to accomplish through Jesus in us, we find rest from the anxiety that comes with the need for control. When we quiet our fears and put our trust in Christ, we find strength even though we are weak. We find the courage to stand under enemy threat because He who lives in us is greater. There is peace and freedom in the knowledge that our lives aren’t meant to be lived by our own plans or design but instead, lived for Jesus according to obedience, by God’s design. A life lived in the presence of God is a life of waiting on God to unfold the day ahead and trusting that no matter how scary it may appear, He’s the one in control. Let’s not relegate the Sabbath to one day but seek to enter His rest every day and then go out there and live it!

God bless and have a happy Sunday so joyful that it colors every other day of your week!

 


14 thoughts on “Sabbath Rest

  1. “There is nothing better for a child of God than a day spent at rest, in fellowship with God and one another”

    Can only add a big AMEN to that. In fact, my nap is over. Blog for a few, study tonight’s lesson for a bit. Then off to church for the evening.

    Great post Pam! There are some I sure wish would read it.

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      1. I wasn’t aware you couldn’t. I’m sorry for that. I’d really be pretty unsettled if I could not. In fact, just last Sunday I had to work and my entire week was not the same over it.

        Blessings to you Pam.

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      2. Sometimes I can. I have an autoimmune blood disorder called Cryoglobulinemia that is aggravated by temps less than 70 degrees. I have to maintain a body temp of 98.6 or my blood begins to gell. It also, causes vasculitis so, not a good combination. In the summer, I have to avoid air conditioned buildings and in winter, I have to stay home. I have a small window in Spring and Summer when I can move about normally. It has taught me that even my ability to keep a commitment depends upon God. He’s everything and we’re nothing without Him.

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    1. Yes, the passage is a powerful, personal comfort to me right now. God’s promise and comfort in a simple, clear statement, wrapping His Holy Spirit around me like a warm blanket and ending all of my anxiety and calming my fear. I wanted to share it because God is so good.

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  2. Resting in the presence of the Lord is a necessity that God knew we would need so He carved it into stone and listed it with His other commands we need to have a fruitful life with Him. It is such a joy that He desires this time with us. Thank you for sharing this. Julie

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