The Sabbath was instituted immediately after the creation of mankind.
“On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.” Genesis 2:2-3 NLT
Later on, in the New Testament, Mark records, “And he [Jesus] said unto them, The sabbath was made for man…” Mark 2:27 KJV
In observing the Sabbath, we are saying to God:
1. I believe in You as the Creator of this world.
2. I trust that as my Creator, You know what is best for me.
3. I have the confidence that You will provide for my material needs even as I choose not to engage in work during the Sabbath hours.
4. I rely on You to renew and rejuvenate me as I spend this special time with You.
5. I treasure my relationship with You enough to willingly set aside the 1 day You have asked for out of the 7 You have provided.
6. I welcome the freedom You have extended to turn off the cares of this world for 24 hours so that I can truly rest, not only physically, but mentally and spiritually in You.
7. I declare that You are in control of my life, and so I submit to Your Divine Will by obeying the commandments You set out for me to follow. (Sabbath Observance is #4.)
Keeping the Sabbath is arguably one of the biggest expressions of faith that one can make.
If you have never tried it before, I encourage you to experience the Sabbath. You’ve got nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain.