How do we know He is Lord? (Exodus 20; Leviticus 23)

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and 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. Exodus 20:8-11

As I sit down to write this blog I have already finished my personal devotion time and I have just completed my workout.  So I can say, “I am spiritually charged but physically exhausted.”

It seems to me that God has me in a good place to write to you about today’s question.  Here is the question: How do we know He is Lord?  In Exodus 20 we find ten indicators of Christ’s Lordship of our lives.  We label these indicators as 10 commandments.  This morning I took the time to make them personal to my own life in my journey.  I confess to you that I was not keeping all ten without failure.  The truth is I am a sinner who can never perfectly keep the commandments.  But I strive in the New Nature to obey them all.

For our time this morning I want to focus on Commandment number 4.   I wrote the following in my journal: “I will set aside one day each week for my Lord.”

Take a moment and truly allow this to sink down into your being.  Does anyone have a day they can just take off from working?  Bill Gates is quoted as saying, “One of the main reasons I am not a Christian is because I cannot follow a God who tells me to waste one day a week.”

Brothers and sisters could we be secretly saying the same thing about the Lord’s day?  In my life, Sunday is the day where I have a calling to serve.  So for me, I attempt to take Friday as my day to give to God.  It is on this day that I focus more on God through rest, reflection, and renewal with Him.

  • I rest as I refuse to allow my mind to focus on work and worries.  I truly do things that allow me to focus totally on Him.
  • I reflect as I spend time in the word.  I watch or listen to someone preach the Word of God.  I read a good book.  I spend time outdoors focusing on His glorious work among men.
  • I refuel as I anticipate what God is going to do in the next week. Pray is sweet.  Time with my family lifts me up.

With these three things accomplished I am ready for what is coming in the week.  You see, when we are rested, refreshed, and reflecting on the greatness of God we live our lives proclaiming, “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.”

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