Remember the Sabbath day!
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. (Exodus 20:8:11; Deuteronomy 5:12-15).
On the seventh day God rested from all His work which He had done. "Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it He rested from all the work of creating that He had done." (Genesis 2:2).
The Sabbath is God’s memorial, pointing men to their Creator, who made the world and all things that are therein.
Our true Sabbath or rest is in Jesus Christ; only in Him we are allowed to enter that rest about which is written in Hebrews 4:9. "There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God."
In the same way as God finished His work, and then rested from it, so He will cause those who believe, to finish their work, and then to enjoy their rest.
In Matthew henry's Comentaries we can read – "It is evident, that there is a more spiritual and excellent sabbath remaining for the people of God, than that of the seventh day, or that into which Joshua led the Jews. This rest is, a rest of grace, and comfort, and holiness, in the gospel state."
But God wants for us to rest and to renew our physical strength. Believers who are in Christ must keep one day Holy also in order to escape danger of idolatry.
On the day of our rest He wants may we always "remember" that He alone is God and Creator, He alone is to be worshiped.
In Isaiah 58: 13-14 God says – "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, then you will find your joy in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob." The mouth of the LORD has spoken."
All of us must "delight in our LORD." We must take rest and offer our minds, bodies and souls as holy sacrifice to Him. (Romans 12:1). The truth is that our souls can find rest only in Him.
"For anyone who enters God's rest also rests from their works, just as God did from His." (Hebrews 4:10).
The true Sabbath we can attain, understand and enjoy, when we have true relationship with God.
If we truly love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind than we will find pleasure in spending time with Him. And funnily enough is that if you more time spent with God, more time is given. That is beyond understanding but true.
Dear friend, every successful relationship demands time whether it is collegial relationship, friendship, or marriage, or any other. It demands time, courtship, patience and faithfulness. How much more we must spend our time with God knowing how far we are from Him. Without spending time with Him we always will be living defeated lives without rely knowing what that excellent rest is. On our Sabbath we spend time with Him and learn to walk in the ways pleasing Him.
"This is what the LORD says: "Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed. Blessed is the one who does this-- the person who holds it fast, who keeps the Sabbath without desecrating it, and keeps their hands from doing any evil." (Isaiah 56:2).
As the last is God wants may we know His will and rest from our evil works. He wants may we already now begin to enjoy the eternal rest in Jesus Christ. Jesus is the fulfilment of everything. Jesus is our Sabbath.
We must to stop to work ourselves up toward God and start to enjoy freedom from the sin and Satan; we must start to enjoy eternal Sabbath right now. Hebrews 4:11.
God wants for us to be just and right in all our ways and in all our thoughts, even He knows how hard it is to keep it. He wants for His children to take proper rest, but if we fail than we thank Him, praise Him and say the same what Paul said: -
"But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ in all our ways, deeds and thoughts, as we love Him".