Lenten Devotional #17 • Exalted Lord over the Sabbath

Read Psalm 46 and John 5:1-16

Your life is probably busy. You have too many things to do and not enough time to do them. And what does God tell you to do about that? He says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” In the midst of all the busyness and commotion of life, God says to be still. One of the main purposes of the Sabbath laws given in the Old Testament was to refocus the Jews on what and who was important. This was no easy task. In that day, nearly everyone had to wake up and provide for themselves the food or materials they would need that day to live. There was no once-a-week grocery store run. There was no clothes shopping spree before the school year started. To take one day out of the week and essentially do nothing, that was very hard to do. Honestly, it was probably harder to do then than it is for us to do today.

            But through recognizing the Sabbath, God’s people learned that while we may be resting, God is working. Not only that, He is working for their good. The same is true today. The universe is upheld by the power of God’s Word. Our Earth still orbits the sun even while you sleep. At the end of the day, you need to rest and sleep in order to be fueled for the next day. The same is true for your week. At the end of the week, you need to rest. As hard as it may be, you need to take a break from whatever causes you stress and you need to refuel. Go read your Bible. Go for a walk. Listen to an extra sermon. Whatever it is that reorients you to focus on God, go and do that thing.