Rest and Worship - November 24, 2022

God said, “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work; you, nor your son, nor your daughter” (Exodus 20:9-10). God knows us so well. He can see the store owner thinking, Well, somebody needs to work that day. If God says I can’t then my son will. So God says, “Nor your son.” Well then my daughter will. “Nor your daughter.”

No, God says, one day of the week you will say no to work and yes to worship. You’ll slow down and sit down and lie down and rest. Still we object. We offer up one reason after the other. God’s message is plain: If creation didn’t crash when I rested, it won’t crash when you do. Repeat these words after me: It is not my job to run the world!