Friday, January 15, 2016

Stop This Merry-Go-Round....... I Want Off!

Do you ever feel this way? Do you get overwhelmed with your "TO DO LIST" ? Guess what?~ There is a relief.

God our Creator knew that we would be overwhelmed with stress and commitment~so He made a plan for us. He even gave us an example all the way back in Creation.

Genesis 2:1-3

1Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

2And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
3And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

Do you really think God needed a day off? Do you think He was tired and needed rest! I would lay money on this one if I were a betting girl . I would venture to say God knew we would need this lesson. Boy~I sure do. Life is tiring! The burdens of the day weigh us down. 

When the Israelites were freed by God out of slavery for more than 400 years they were given a Promised Land.  God gave them some new rules to live by. In all the years of slavery, they never had a day off. Now God was giving them a day of rest. 

If God established a Sabbath day~a day to get off the merry-go-round~why do we choose to ignore it? I can dust my floors and the dust returns tomorrow. I sometimes become a slave to my own home. If one day off per week could rest our bodies, refresh our minds and restore our spirit~ why would we not choose to take it?

Deuteronomy 5:12-15

12Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee.
13Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work:
14But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou.

15And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.



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