Isaiah 58:13-14 GNT; The Lord says, “If you treat the Sabbath as sacred and do not pursue your own interests on that day; if you value my holy day and honor it by not traveling, working, or talking idly on that day, then you will find the joy that comes from serving me. I will make you honored all over the world, and you will enjoy the land I gave to your ancestor, Jacob. I, the Lord, have spoken.”
When I was growing up, the only thing open on Sunday was a few gas stations. No one worked on Sundays because saved and unsaved alike were treated to a day when you actually rested. Factories were closed. Stores were closed. There weren’t even restaurants open on Sunday so that families could enjoy dinner together at home. Even Christians today who attend church on Sundays, enjoy a meal out at the favorite eatery at the expense of cooks, waitresses and busboys who work on the Sabbath.
The Sabbath to you may be Saturday or Sunday, depending on your faith, but regardless, it’s a day that we should be giving wholly to the Lord. I wonder what would happen to us as a family, as a city or a nation, if we were to revert back to this old practice. Well, this passage says we will find joy that comes from serving Him and will be honored all over the world and enjoy the land He has given us. So few people truly take the time to enjoy what they have. They are always after more money, bigger homes, more things, better clothing, the latest technology, a smarter smart phone.
Father, I am satisfied with you. Forgive me for not honoring the entire Sabbath day and setting it apart for you alone. I have been guilty of doing things that pleasure me, not things that pleasure you. One day. It’s all you’ve asked for and I am squeezing it into a few hours of that day when I gather together in church with other believers. Forgive me, Lord. Help me to enjoy your presence the entire day. To minister to you from sun up to sunset. It’s to you and for your glory I ask this, in Jesus’ Name. Amen