Commandment 4 – Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy

Hello everyone!  I am glad that you decided to take the time out of your busy lives to stop by Our Spiritual Journey.  If you are a first time reader I want to welcome you.  Over the past few weeks we have been taking an in depth look at the Ten Commandments, and how each of them applies in our daily lives.  Even though they were written a very long time ago they are timeless, and are very much relevant.  So here we go with today’s post.

Commandment 4 –  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 female or male servants, 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.

The Sabbath day I observe is Sunday, and I believe many other people do as well.  This is a day that is dedicated to God.  For me, first of all, it starts by going to Sunday school class, and then to worship service after that at our small church in Russell. Kansas.  This is a day of rest and reverence to God.  A day of not rushing.  There are no deadlines or quotas to make.  There is no chaos, and my schedule, there isn’t one.  God wants us to praise and worship him, and he wants the best for us as well.  He loves us.  He knew that we would need a break after our weeks work.

Looking through the commandments there is an underlying theme and it is one of Love.  He loves us so much that he would give one day out of the week just for rest and refreshment.  We really need to return the favor and respect his commandment by loving him back and doing what he asks of us.

I realize that there are people out there who work on Sunday.  I believe that God intended, just like he said, that we are to work for six days and rest on the seventh one.  Jews observe the Sabbath on Saturday, and us Christians observe it on Sunday.  I was always taught that it was wrong to work on the Sabbath.  I do realize that there are many of occupations that require a person to work on the Sabbath.  The question that I have for you is: When do you observe the Sabbath?  If it is a day during the week I feel it would be just another hurried day trying to get everything done.  Where does God fit into that day? 

I believe that the Sabbath day is a time for friends and family.  A time to walk in the park, go fishing, read a book, study scripture and just soak in all that God has for all of us here.  I find peace out in the country; along a creek bed, an old fishing hole, in the warmth of a spring day by the shore of a lake.  God is all around us, and he created all these places for us.  I especially love the mountains.  The Rocky Mountains to be exact.  They are so beautiful you cant help but feel Gods presence there.  I believe that is what he wants to teach us about this commandment.

We get so immersed in our lives, and the chaos that comes with it, that we don’t take time to enjoy these things god created.  He gave us life so we can enjoy it.  Not run after deadlines and impossible schedules.  The thing about it is that we are the one’s to blame.  We heap all the chaos on ourselves.  There is no one else to blame.  God has a remedy for this, and it can be found by observing this commandment.  Praise and worship God on the Sabbath as well as all the other days of the week.  Study scripture and see what God is saying to you!  Take time to meditate on it, and you will hear what God is telling you.  Take time to take a well deserved nap.  Go for a hike, and set in the warm sun.  Just remember to keep holy the Sabbath day!

You can be assured that the rest of the week will have it’s challenges.  Soak in all that God has for you!

Thank You for stopping by I hope to see you again.  Feel free to comment on this post or any other post.  Just go to one of the pages and add a comment.  I will get back to you soon!—————————–Your Brother in Christ———————-Matthew J. Leiker