The Privilege of the Sabbath

by | Jan 25, 2019 | Friday Messages

Bench Between the Two Trees

It’s a wonderful privilege to be able to keep the Sabbath every week. The Sabbath is a sign between God and His people. This is a day of physical rest but oh so much more; this is also a day of rest for the soul.

Some people can’t enter into that wonderful rest of the soul because they have a critical attitude. You can’t help a person when you have a negative and judgmental spirit toward them.

When some of us are overtired, we can find fault with the people around us. One of the best ways to prevent this is to keep the Sabbath and have the special rest that God has planned for us.

When working with young people, I discovered many years ago that when I felt a real concern and love for people, they could usually feel it and generally accept almost anything that I spoke to them about.

On the other hand, if they annoyed me, this was not a good time to try to correct them. My attitude toward them needed to change first.

When we connect with the wonderful Sabbath rest of the soul, mind, and body, we receive an inner strength that can keep us when the stress and trials of life build up. We can’t escape all of the problems and pressures of life, but they don’t have to wipe us out or defeat us. We don’t have to be swept off our feet by anything that life brings our way.  

A good way to connect with God is through praise, especially so on the Sabbath. When we praise God, we are doing what we were created to do. This brings us into harmony with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Another benefit of praise is that it gives us a proper perspective about life. When we praise Him, we see Him as He is; this helps us to see our own concerns not as bigger than they are, but only as they are.

May you find rest for your body, mind, and soul on this Sabbath.

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