Six days a week are set apart for our daily duties and regular work. But the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. Exodus 20:9, 10, NLT

Recently I contacted my hairdresser to see if I could get in for a much needed hair 
appointment. She replied: "Friday and Saturday are busy this week, so how about Sunday?"

Sunday? But isn't Sunday the day we are to cease from work? Isn't Sunday the day we are to set aside the hectic pace of our lives to worship, rest and relax? But have you noticed what is happening to Sunday? Employers are now open for business, people are working, conferences are held, and there are more organized sports activities taking place. The day once designated for worship and rest is now becoming  another day of work, busyness and frenziness. 

As the Israelites prepared to enter the promised land, God told them to set aside one day of the week called the Sabbath for rest and worship. He commanded it because he knew the Israelites needed a day of unhurried time for worship, relaxation and rest. Today, people are not commanded to keep a Sabbath because they are free from the Old Testament law (Colossians 2:14-17). But although we are not commanded to worship and rest, someone has aptly said: " To observe a regular time of rest and worship in our fast-paced world demonstrates how important God is to us, and it gives us the extra benefit of refreshing our spirits."

Joshua Becker, in his article, The lost practice of resting one day each week,  shares five benefits of concentrated rest for our mind, body and soul:
  • Healthier body
  • Less Stress
  • Deeper relationships
  • Opportunity for reflection
  • Balance
  • Increased production

Life places many demands upon us, so it's important to remember the provision God has given us to worship, rest and refresh. So if the hectic pace of your life has caused you to neglect your Sunday, determine today to recapture it, so you'll never have to wonder where it went when Monday comes.

Sharing the Word,


Prayer:  Father,  no matter how busy I am during the week,  I commit to resting and worshiping you on Sunday. Amen.




Jeaninne Stokes is a Christian author, educator and Bible-teacher. Her mission is to write to inspire and equip others to live a life of faith in every aspect of their lives. She is the author of three books, and along with this devotion, she writes devotions for aspiring writers, young mothers and breast cancer survivors, and writes articles on current social issues. To learn more about her writing ministry and to join her mailing list, visit her at www.jstokeswritingministries.com


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