Several years ago, our local church embarked upon a study examining the origins and relevance of the Sabbath. Most Christians attend Church on Sundays, in remembrance of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Sundays have become our Sabbath day. As much as possible, without being legalistic, our family does try to make Sunday a day of rest and reflection upon God. On one Sunday, during our Sabbath study, I let my anger get the better of me over a silly issue. I was in a bad mood for a few minutes and it permeated the house and infected all who interacted with me. My daughter asked my wife, “Is Daddy angry with me?” My wife shook her head, “No, but just leave Daddy alone.” My daughter quickly replied, “No, we should pray for Daddy. We shouldn’t be like this on the Sabbath.”
My wife called me to the room and asked my daughter to share with me what she just said. It was a very humbling and convicting moment for me. After praying, I hugged both of them and proceeded to accompany my daughter to her room. As we walked together, hand in hand, she said, “Dad, this is Satan’s world, not God’s. We have to continue to pray for strength.”
So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.
Hebrews 4:9-11 (ESV)
My continual lapses into sinful behavior vividly demonstrate how desperately I need a Savior.
As believers in Jesus Christ, our Sabbath rest is now in Him. It is not just one day that we set aside, it is our entire life, every moment, that we allow God to sanctify us for His purpose.
I thank God that through His Holy Spirit, He continues to convict me of my ever-present sins and that His forgiveness is limitless. I thank God that, in spite of my many faults and weaknesses, He is helping me and my wife to raise our daughter as a godly woman. I pray that God will continue to place a hedge of protection around our family.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.