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A Complete Stop

"Remember to observe the Sabbath as a holy day. Six days a week are for your daily duties and your regular work, but the seventh day is a day of Sabbath rest before the Lord your God. On that day you are to do no work of ant kind, nor shall your son, daughter, or slaves - whether men or women - or your cattle or your house guests. For in six days the Lord made the heaven, earth, and sea, and everything in them, and rested the seventh day; so he blessed the Sabbath day and set it aside for rest." Exodus 20: 8-11 (TLB)


So there is a full complete rest still waiting for the people of God. Christ has already entered there. He is resting from his work, just as God did after the creation. Hebrews 4: 9-10 (TLB)


Milan P. Winters is from Florida. As they were driving one day, his wife reminded him that a stop sign means stop, not slow down. God's sabbath also asks us to stop and cease all work. Just like his driving skills, Milan is good at slowing down for the sabbath. But he is not great at completely stopping when it comes to daily and weekly tasks. Sometimes he considers slowing down for sabbath as good enough or meeting the basic requirements. Yet that is not what God instructs us to do.

God designed the sabbath and invites us to rest because God loves us. It is a gift to restore our mind, body, and entire being. it also reminds us that life is about more than completing tasks. Sometimes the sabbath feels counterintuitive because we think that stopping keeps us from being productive. But rest helps us avoid burnout, have sharper minds, and complete to the best of our ability the tasks God gives us.


Prayer: God of rest, thank you for your healing sabbath. Help us to remember to stop in the midst of our busyness in order to renew our perspective and strength in you, in Jesus' name. Amen.


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