MONDAY MESSAGE: ON SABBATH AND REST BY REV. ANDREW

5Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.
Psalm 62:5
 
Sabbath is a perspective.  I know, I know.  Many of you who grew up in church will argue with me and tell me that it is a day of the week.  And it is that.  But before it is a day of the week, it is a perspective.
 
The perspective that the world gives to us is that nothing is free.  We need to work for everything.  If we aren’t working, we better have saved up enough to be able to afford the vacation.  Vacations only happen because we have saved up or borrowed against tomorrow’s paying for it.  Sometimes the best way to stay ahead is to never stop working.
 
But Sabbath contends that it is God who takes care of us.  In fact, God is more important than work.  Work is a gift but provision is from the Lord.  To keep the order of things, God asks us to pause once a week and be reminded of this perspective.  We stop our working for money, our working for social position, our working for athletic glory, and our “fear of missing out” if we aren’t working.  We choose to live freed from the demands of life and to rest in God.
 
A funny thing happens when we Sabbath.  We find rest… true rest… rest for our souls.  We find freedom from the tyranny of all the things we think we need to be doing.  We carry that freedom back into all of those things where we work anew with the hope and the joy that comes only from resting in God… only from Sabbath.
 
Jesus, you know the pressures and the stress we feel.  Help us to pause this moment… to pause this week… and to rest in You.  Will you bear our burdens to create space for this?  Will you give us courage to prioritize You?  We ask that you would change our perspective in rest for our souls in You.  In Jesus’ name, Amen. 
Keenan Barber