A Day of Rest
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One Sunday morning My Husband and I decided we would boycott all
sorts of house works to obey the 3rd commandment. Exodus 20:8
“Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. For six days you shall
labor and do all your work but the seventh day is a day of Sabbath
for Yahweh your God. You shall do no work that day neither you nor
your son nor your daughter nor your servants men or women nor your
animals nor the alien living with you. For in six days Yahweh made
the heavens, earth and sea and all that it contain but on the
seventh day he rested that is why Yahweh has blessed the Sabbath day
and made it sacred”. So we spent the whole day in prayer and
attending the normal Sunday Service. At the end of the day we felt
very content. We showed our respect to God by keeping one of his
God takes Six days in completing all his works and the Word of God
says, “on the seventh day he rested”. Now that is something to be
Most of us Men and Women go to work six days of the week. Normally
we do not go to work on the Seventh day. That’s because weather we
go to work or not, we are not going to get paid for it. Suppose your
Employer offers you double the money for working on a holiday most
of us would definitely go to work in order to gain that extra money
(Overtime) even if it means losing our Sunday service. I know a
believer who works with a management, which encourages working
overtime on Sundays. This believer works extra hours during the
weekdays in order to be free from working on a Sabbath.
Some of us do not work as we ought to during the weekdays and keep
most of the work pending so that our employer asks us to stay back
during the weekend to finish off the work. You may gain some extra
money by this method but this money is not white money because you
have earned it unlawfully. Work when you have to and work very hard
expecting reward from your God and rest when you have to on the
Sabbath as the Lord has commanded.
If God can create the whole Universe and all it contains in six days
and rested the seventh day why should I take more than six days to
complete my work and forbid myself the rest I deserve physically,
mentally and spiritually. 1 Peter 2:16, “You are slaves of no one
except God, so behave like free people”. If God is on our side in
the works we do then we should have no fear in completing any works
entrusted on us. Romans “If God be for us who can be against us”.
To the children, you study six days of the week, is it necessary
that you should study on the seventh day too, the day God has set
apart for us to rest. If God almighty needs rest on the Seventh day
we human beings, little living creatures, definitely need to rest
for more than one day. So lets take rest for at least one day. The
days before exams are tedious days, parents and children have no
time for prayers or Sunday service they study and study as though
they are going to live here on earth for a thousand years to come.
We don’t belong here we have to go elsewhere, a house Jesus has gone
to prepare for us. So don’t behave like slaves to your books. John
14:2, “You trust in God, trust also in me” God will give you the
strength to finish your studies in six days.
Some people don’t go to work on the seventh day but they choose to
do all their house chores on this day. At the end of the day they
are so exhausted, even more than the other days, that they don’t get
time to take rest and be with their God or even go to the usual one
hour Sunday service. Is this how we are supposed to keep the Sabbath
holy. Why should we snatch away from God the day that belongs to
him, the day he expects us to be with him to do all the extra little
unfinished things of the week? Once a friend of mine said “I never
keep any jobs pending for the next week. I always finish my work
during the weekend so that I can start afresh on Monday morning”.
There is only one person we all choose to cheat and don’t feel the
guilt, and that is our God.
God created the seventh day for rest. Be calm and free from all the
worldly troubles, tension at workplace or schools, from house
cleaning, cooking work, teaching children and doing homework.
Concentrate on God our Creator, think of all his marvellous
creations, which came out of nothing “Be calm and know that I am
God”. A day for physical and mental rest. Set this day apart for
After years of practicing “our boycott” we have come a long way. Now
days I even cook the food for the whole family the previous day to
avoid staying in the kitchen during the holy day of the week. God
has asked us to observe only one day as Sabbath, so let’s not
When I shared my experience with one of my friends he said, “I have
to work on Sundays so that I have enough money to give to the poor”
Better said than done. He will never work and earn enough to give
the poor. John 12:6, “He said this not because he cared about the
poor but because he was a thief … used to help himself to the
contents”. Does God need your money when you do not have time to
spend with him and disobey his commandment? Ask your parents, and
they will tell you that they prefer you to stay with them for a few
hours than you spending some extra money on them. Which parent does
not long for the companionship of their children? So does our loving
father in heaven needs our presence, our undivided presence not the
money we make by working overtime during the weekend?
Another friend said to me “God does not like idle people. We should
work as much as possible and earn as much money as possible. This is
the will of God”. This greedy friend of mine will never make as much
money as she wants because she works not for the will of God but for
the greed of money”.
All this time we have been discussing about ourselves. Now let us
consider making our employees work. Exodus 20:8, “You shall do no
work that day neither you ….nor your servants, men or women nor your
animals nor the alien living with you.” God does not permit us to
work on a Sabbath, neither does he permits our servants to work for
us on a Sabbath. Managements try to boost their profit by making the
laborers work on a Sabbath. Some laborers unwillingly come to work
for fear of loosing their jobs if they disobey their management. In
this case the management is totally responsible for disobedience to
God’s commandments. Treat our servants with love. Let them take a
day to rest. The profit gained by allowing the servants or laborers
employed by the employer or management to work on a Sabbath is Black
money because it has not been earned lawfully but earned against
God’s commandments. Do not use the money gained unlawfully for you
or your children, because this money was made by displeasing God.
Anything that displeases God shall not be a blessing but a trap.
For those who travel frequently. We choose to travel or go on a
picnic on a Sabbath. Very conveniently we try to avoid remembering
the day set apart for God. Exodus 20:8 “Remember the Sabbath day and
keep it holy”. If, travelling or going to a picnic is unavoidable,
keeping Gods commandment is also very important and should not be
avoided. We can arrange the trip so that we – at least -do not miss
the Sunday service.
There was a rhyme when I went to the Kindergarten, which
said, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. We have
all worked too much and become too dull to think sensibly.
Lets take some rest physically, mentally and spiritually.
Let our children and our employees take rest too. God will
be happy we observed the Sabbath and wait for his blessings
to be showered on us as a reward to obeying his