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Why Sunday is Special...

Isaiah 58:13-14 (NIV)13 "If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORD's holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,14 then you will find your joy in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob." The mouth of the LORD has spoken.

God is very specific about what is supposed to happen on the Sabbath, yet there are so many distractions from worship. Lives are busy. It takes an ultimate act of trust and obedience to abandon all we do and kneel before our King, not just for one hour, but for an entire day, each week. Here is an awakening thought: have a restful day on Saturday so that you will be ready to worship with everything you have on Sunday! Impossible? Ridiculous? Legalistic? But it sounds like what God requires of us.

In the way that only God can do, He then tells of what He has in store for us in verse 14. All that we seek to achieve and fulfill by doing as we please will be replaced by God’s abundance when we keep our worship on Him. Rest, fulfillment, blessing and honor are a natural outflow of honoring the Sabbath, but we must relinquish our own pursuits to receive them.

This excerpt came from my research at Breathe / Arts in Worship on the Sabbath today. After a month of Lent.. and 'unplugging', I was anxious not to lose the sense of rest, perspective, and seemingly unlimited time that resulted.

I began to look into why we no longer observe the Sabbath when it was such a part of the fabric of society on a few decades ago. I begin to suspect the Sabbath might be the answer to the stress and busy-ness of our modern society.

What do you think?

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