We live in a world that never sleeps, don’t we?
It used to be that we’d refer to New York as “the city that never sleeps,” but it seems like the whole world is that way now. And it’s rubbing off on us: we’re working long hours, wasting our time getting worked up over pointless things, and not getting enough rest.
Someone once likened the human body to a seven-day wind-up clock. (Last week I wrote about a watch that ticked; today, it’s about a clock that needs winding! Watch for next week’s instalment, where we talk about sundials!) Yes, back in the day, clocks needed to be wound or they would not keep time. If the winding ritual were to be neglected, the clock would run down and stop completely.
Taking a day of rest – a Sabbath of some sort – is like winding the clock of your body, mind and spirit. We can’t work constantly and expect to keep our health at any level. And by “work”, I’m referring not only to your ‘day job’, but also to anything that saps joy from you.
Unless you’re a pastor, it’s hoped that you can take Sunday as your Sabbath rest day. For a long time, it was assumed that you couldn’t do anything fun on the Sabbath; if we adhere ourselves to the ceremonial laws of Leviticus, that’s true. (Of course, if we adhere to those laws, we should be taking Saturday off, not Sunday – but we are an Easter people, and we celebrate the Lord’s Day!)
Take time on your Sabbath for worship, for rest, and for doing that which gives you life. But above all, take time for Sabbath. Don’t let your clock wind down.
This Sunday, I’m going to be talking about the importance of Sabbath (and its connection to sin). You can join us at St. Paul’s Church, Nobleton, watch the message on Facebook Live, or catch it later on my blog or on YouTube.
It may be summer, but it doesn’t always feel like a time of rest. Honour God and yourself by taking time for Sabbath. Don’t let your clock wind down.
“Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you” (Deuteronomy 5.12, NLT).