“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.” Exodus 20:9-10, ESV
Our day of rest is always proceeded by six days of labor, which according to Strong’s Concordance can imply “to serve.” I believe this “service” is part of what makes the Sabbath so special, because it is service with and for our God.
It can include manual labor, mental labor, emotional labor, or any way we use our gifts in service to God. It always includes having faith. “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” I believe this service helps develop our relationship with God. But the result at the end of the week can mean depletion in many ways, physical, mental, emotional, etc.
That is where the Sabbath comes in, the Sabbath is the place where any depletion of any kind can be made up. I do not believe that we even need to understand what they all are, as we come to the Lord of the Sabbath. Jesus is well able to fill us back up.
This adds to our fellowship of having worked with God during the week. We can enjoy the sweetness of having worked with Him, and now the fellowship of resting with Him. I believe as we honor His day this filling is what happens. May each of you find God’s perfect rest and repletion.
This earth is filled with people who are also in desperate need of rest and filling of every kind. Let’s be so filled with His rest that it overflows to a weary, driven world. People driven by their own selves, agitated by the devil, and enticed by the world. God has enough rest and filling for us all, so let’s be in faith for others to find it also.