At this time of unrest, uncertainty and turmoil, it is important that we recognize and draw near to the Lord of the Sabbath. “Sabbath” means rest. It was required in the Old Testament times that absolutely no work could be done on the Sabbath day. However, under the New Covenant we keep the Sabbath by resting in the Lord of the Sabbath —Jesus. If we are not at rest in our heart and mind, we have not truly made Jesus Lord, neither have we kept the Sabbath. It is one thing to call Jesus Lord but by recognizing Him as Lord of the Sabbath, we commit to fully resting in him.
Because keeping the Sabbath is an internal, intentional behaviour, it not only gives incredible rest but makes us holy. (See Ezekiel 20:12 and 31:13)
According to Strong’s concordance, this rest refers to a place of abode, a place where we stay and live from. The Sabbath is no longer an issue of a law that prevents working on the seventh day but a heart attitude. Hebrews 4:1 warns “Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it.”
We can pray for our families, community, city and the world but we are to settle and stay in the place of rest. If we fail here, we break connection with the Lord of the Sabbath and open the door to negative influences such as fear, worry, anxiety, anger etc. These can cause breakdowns in communication and physical ramifications.
Listen to the Saviour’s gentle wooing invitation in Matthew 11:28...
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will
give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I
am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your