Sabbath Rest

I am yearning for rest today. Not a Nanna nap or even a power nap, but a time of quiet, relaxation and restoration. So it was no surprise when I stumbled across Tyler David talking about Sabbath Rest. I don’t think much about the Sabbath, as it would seem outmoded in our fast and crazy Western world. I never stop really – there is always the phone, the internet, Facebook or a small child demanding my attention. We were created to work, and work excellently. But we were also intended to rest, to stop, to be quiet and receive a fill with things that reenergise us. 

There are many ways of feeling full and not drained – a good coffee, time with friends, exercise, reading perhaps. But Tyler David argues that the God who made us also intended us to find our real fulfilment in Him. Sabbath rest is “like a banquet … full of gladness and tranquility.”  Rather than emptying and depleting the soul, Sabbath rest nourishes and fulfills and it enables us to put things in proper perspective.  We are made and meant for sabbath rest; for the banquet that nourishes, fulfills and restores relationship.  We are not made to just work and work and hopefully maybe catch a day off here and there. So if you need a rest today, or want to think more about resting and taking a Sabbath, you will find this talk from Austin Stone a real blessing.

  “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping 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, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.  For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
Exodus 20: 8-11