last of the commands that talks about loving God is in Exodus 20:8-11, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath
of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your
daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who
stays with you. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the
sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord
blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” How does observing the Sabbath
show our love for God?
Observing the Sabbath shows God as our Provider.
We are to devote the Sabbath day to the Lord and remove
all distractions that would hinder your devotion. The Sabbath is a gift of love
to meet man's need, not an oppressive burden to make him miserable or proud so
we need not overwork. God is in control of everything; you are not. Do not
worry, and do not think that the world depends on you to complete the work or
solve the problems. God is bigger than your burdens. Take a break once a week.
Remember that God is the provider of all your needs. Only those whom He has set
free can truly observe the Sabbath rest, for we are no longer enslaved to
anything or anyone. He promises to meet all our needs if we commit to Him and
put Him first (Matthew 6:33).
Observing the Sabbath shows God we trust Him
The Sabbath was a sign that helped the
Israelites to remember how God had delivered them from Egypt. Remember, they
were to stand still and see the deliverance that the Lord would provide. They
didn’t work for that deliverance; it was something that God alone did. So to
rest is not only remembering God but also putting our trust in Him.
People whose hearts are more set on the
pleasures of the world than on the enjoyment of God will always feel the
Sabbath command as a burden and not a blessing. They want to control how they
earn money. They want to control the success of their life. Obeying the Sabbath
is putting your faith and trust in God that your life is in His hand and
success comes from him.
Observing the Sabbath shows God as our
is our powerful creator. He is in control even if we don’t see or feel it. He
created everything. When we observe the Sabbath day, we are reminding ourselves
of our God who created the heavens and earth and everything in it. After six
days of Creation, God rested not because He was tired but His creation was all
complete and was very good.
By saying, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for
the Sabbath" (Mark 2:27), Jesus was restating the principle that the
Sabbath rest was made to relieve man of his labors, just as He came to relieve
us of our attempting to achieve salvation by our works. We no longer rest for
only one day, but forever cease our laboring to attain God’s favor.
The Sabbath is a foreshadow of the
ultimate rest we have in Jesus (Colossians 2:16–17, Hebrews 4:9–10). He died
for our sins so that we may have eternal life (Ephesians 2:8–9). He invites all
who are weary to come to Him and find the solution to the greatest restlessness
of our souls which is the fear of death (Matthew 11:28). We no longer have to
strive to prove ourselves acceptable to God for we can already rest in His
finished work on the cross. When we know God intimately, we are
naturally rested in Him and we delight to set apart the day of Sabbath.