God knew people needed to refocus. The rest of the world lived in a rush. As such, they never had time to stop and remember where the blessings they received actually came from. So, over time, people hurried through their days and just took credit or gave credit to the creation rather than the creator.
So, as God rested and set a day apart to refocus, he commanded his people to do the same. He made it a day to rest and to worship. The Israelites were to do nothing. They could not even do basic household chores. While it seems incredibly restrictive, remember God was providing rations, protection and complete freedom to his people. He only wanted them to rest and remember.
Most churches still emphasize the critical nature of sabbath. We are to take a day,(Sunday) and set it apart to rest and refocus on God. Through the years, we have minimized the import of taking a day and setting it apart. The result we have become too busy to give God the credit for what he has done in our lives and in the life of our nation.
The result is obvious–we have lost focus and are tired, harried and completely stressed out as individuals, families and as a nation. If we would repent, refocus and honor God with one day each week, rest assured, he would bless the other six beyond our wildest dreams. In the season of his birth, let’s stop and honor his wish for us to rest and refocus.
God Bless You
Then Moses called together the whole community of Israel and told them, “These are the instructions the Lord has commanded you to follow.
You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day must be a Sabbath day of complete rest, a holy day dedicated to the Lord. Anyone who works on that day must be put to death.
You must not even light a fire in any of your homes on the Sabbath.”