Sunday, February 01, 2015

THE SEVEN-MINUTE SABBATH

OUR CULTURE IS ANTI-SABBATH. It doesn’t mean to be, it just is. Our lives are continually driven by the demands of family, job, school, sports, extra-curricular activities and an ever-increasing “to-do-list.”  Let’s be honest here, taking a day-off; a day for resting in the peace and provision of God is a thing of the past, and we are the worse for it!

This past week I was reading through Scripture and once again came upon the passage where Jesus reminds the religious leaders of His day, that people were not created for the Sabbath, that is to serve it, but rather Sabbath was created for people, as one of God’s first gifts of grace. (Mark 2:23-27; Exodus 20:8-11; Genesis 2:1-3)

Sabbath is a gift.  Yes, that’s what it is.  God has given this grace-gift to us for our own refreshment and renewal. Yet, we seem to do everything within our power to ignore this gift, or at least we confess that our lives are such a crush of complexity that we cannot find the time to look at the gift, let alone open and enjoy it. This reality reminds me of a quote I heard years ago regarding prayer, “If you’re too busy to pray, you’re too busy.”  I would say the same holds true for Sabbath-celebrating.

I would like to offer you an opportunity to join me in a little sabbatical experiment. I am personally trying to take a number of Seven-Minute-Sabbaths every day. I was thinking about doing it every hour, but honestly that didn’t work so well, but I have been taking more of them each day.

Here are the rules: 1) Find a comfortable, quiet spot, or even stroll outside. 2) No agenda, no prayer list, no Bible reading. 3) Speak to Him your desire to rest in His presence. 4) Breathe deeply. 5) Listen. 6) Rest. 7) When you’re through, thank the LORD for being there with you.

It might seem awkward at first, but I believe if we are honest in taking time to rest with God, He will honor that time. Who knows, maybe you might even get to turn this into a day-long event.


Keep Calm and Sabbath-On!  

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