4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions. 5 On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring in, and that is to be twice as much as they gather on the other days.” (Exodus 16:4 – 6)
29 Bear in mind that the Lord has given you the Sabbath; that is why on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. Everyone is to stay where they are on the seventh day; no one is to go out.” 30 So the people rested on the seventh day. (Exodus 16:29 – 30)
Next week, we will experience a special time together as we have done every year, focusing on Jesus and Passion/Holy Week. We have one final Discipline to review though, the Discipline of Sabbath. As we have done with the prior 10 Disciplines, we will consider how we can practice this Discipline to minister to a world in need.
One of the reasons this Discipline is very important is because the world needs to know that God can be trusted. By practicing the Discipline of Sabbath, we demonstrate how trustworthy God is.
Our focus is not on a particular day of the week. Instead, we encourage the practice of “resting” – taking time off from work at regular intervals. By doing so, we communicate priority (God is first) and dependency (God is sufficient).
Please prayerfully read the passages above and consider the question below.
What opportunities do you see for using your sabbath rest as a testimony to others of your dependency on God?