Bible Verse: Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2, ESV

Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:1-21

Sabbath, as the foundation of a rule of life, gives you permission to stop from your busyness and simply be. To paraphrase Mark Twain, “Our busyness is like the weather. Everyone complains about it, but no one does anything about it.”

Instead of complaining about our busyness or assuming it’s just a fact of life, we need to ask ourselves why we are so busy. Sabbath helps us to question our assumptions. The truth is that we may be busy because we feel a need to validate our worth.

Sabbath gives us a chance to step off the hamster wheel and listen to the voice that tells us we are beloved by God. The Sabbath heals us from our compulsion to measure ourselves by what we accomplish, who we know, and the influence we have.

Sabbath enables us to define ourselves less by our achievements and more as beloved daughters and sons of God. As we become more aware of how much we are cherished as children of God, we grow in our trust of God.

In keeping Sabbath, we express our love for God by trusting that he will provide for us even while we are resting. Eugene Peterson points out that the Hebrew concept of a day actually begins with evening, not with morning as we are accustomed to thinking. This means that each day begins with the rhythm of evening sleep and rest before the daylight hours of work and activity.

After we sleep, we awaken to find that God has been working while we have rested: making dew-covered spiderwebs, cherry blossoms, and puppies.

— Ken Shigematsu, author of God In My Everything. Copyright ©2013 by Ken Shigematsu. Used by permission of Zondervan.

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