Psalm 46:10-11 – "Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth." The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. (NRSV)
In a busy world, Sabbath is something that we need to seek intentionally. People need to pursue Sabbath moments in life. People in the church and in society alike need concrete examples of how to create Sabbath — in their car, through their lifestyle, while engaged in daily activities.
In the storms of life, Jesus created Sabbath moments in various situations and found the presence and peace of God.
Mark 4:37-38a – But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. (NLT)
Luke 6:12 – One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night. (NLT)
Luke 9:18a – One day Jesus left the crowds to pray alone. Only his disciples were with him. (NLT)
Luke 22:39 – He came out and went [to pray], as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. (NRSV)
It is essential for us to model what we believe. We have to show people first what Sabbath means to us. We have to show the world what it means to be observers of Sabbath in a world always on the go.
Prayer: Speak to us, Lord, as we seek You again and again in the stillness of a Sabbath moment, a pause in the pace, a quiet in the quickness of the day, until Sabbath shall at last become for us a hallowed discipline, a familiar way of life, a moment with You. Amen.
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