Sabbath Now

If because of the sabbath, you turn your foot from doing your own pleasure on My holy day, and call the sabbath a delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable, and honor it, desisting from your own ways, from seeking your own pleasure and speaking your own word, Then you will take delight in the Lord, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; and I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken. – Isaiah 58:13-14

For ancient Israel, the sabbath was a day to be honored and set apart for God. It pointed back to the existence of the Creator (and I’m not sure how it could otherwise be interpreted) and the day of rest after six days of creation. For the Christ-follower, the letter to the Hebrews clearly communicates that Christ Jesus is our “sabbath rest,” that in Him we, by grace, may rest from all our “works.” Every day is a “sabbath” for the believer.

With this truth in mind, think how the words above take on an enlightened meaning. In Christ, our sabbath:

1 – We turn our foot from doing our own pleasure.

2 – We take delight in the Lord.

3 – We desist from our own ways and speaking our own word.

Rest is more than relaxation. In Christ, it is the active pursuit of His purpose over our own.

Our rest lies in looking to the Lord, not to ourselves. – Watchman Nee

Published by Dr. David Pope

Dr. David Pope is the Founder and CEO of Pope Initiatives. ARM Solutions is a division of Pope Initiatives that exists to activate collaborative efforts for sustainable impact among the global unreached.

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