Living in a 24-7 Society
Memory Text: Psalm 84:2 -“My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.”
SABBATH: Our world today is about running the race of life—waking up, eating, working, sleeping, & doing it all over again. Our lives are ruled by rush hours, work hours, (medical) appointments, virtual meetings, shopping, family duties, & so on. Mary promised to be a greeter at church & still had more to do just 2 hours before the Sabbath. Also, her husband was caught in the traffic! Only God can give us rest here!
SUNDAY: “Though we have faster cell phones, faster computers, faster internet connections, we still never seem to have enough time.” God foreseeing the future created a day of rest for man—“a day to be & not to do”. This invitation to rest has no expiry date, it is perpetual! The Sabbath is knit into every fabric of time here (Mark 6:31, Ps. 4:8, Exod. 23:12, Deut. 5:14, Matt. 11:28). God knew we need physical rest.
MONDAY: Altered sleeping pattern due to stress is a problem. it’s more fatal when coupled with emotional trauma. Baruch, Jeremiah’s scribe, was greatly distressed & afflicted when told the wrath of God will visit Judah because of their sins (Jer. 45:1-5). This occurred about 605 & 604 B.C. The emotional trauma of God was greater than Baruch’s (Isa. 5:1-7). Yet, to quench Baruch’s fear, God promised to spare his life.
TUESDAY: All human activity should be crowned with rest. Biblically, rest is not limited to the Sabbath alone. “Shabbat” (Gen. 2:2, 3 & Exod. 5:5) means to cease work/rest/take a holiday. “Nuakh” (Exod. 20:11, Deut. 5:14, Job 3:13,, Num. 10:36, 2 Kings 2:15) means to rest/settled. “Shaqat” (Josh. 11:23, Deut. 28:65, Jer. 50:34) means “relief/be quiet”. “Shakab” (Deut. 31:26, 2 Sam. 7:12) means to “lie down/sleep”.
WEDNESDAY: In the NT, rest is also defined diversely; “anapauō” (Matt. 11:28, 26:45, 1 Cor. 16:28) means “rest, relax, refresh”. “Hēsychazō” depicts the “rest” of the disciples as Jesus rested in the grave & can mean a quiet life/to keep quiet (Luke 23:56, 1 Thess. 4:11, Acts 11:18). The Greek word, “katapauō” means to (bring) rest” (Heb. 4:4). Jesus care for our wellbeing & invites us to rest (Mark 6:7, 30, 31).
THURSDAY: Cain by his sinful acts made himself a “restless wanderer” on the face of the earth. He trusted his salvation not in the promised Saviour but Himself & made an unacceptable sacrifice to God (Gen. 4:1-12, PP, p. 72). Cain did not seek to find rest in God & soon saw that there was no place to find (true) rest. His attitude/motive was not what God desired. True rest is in God’s presence (Gen. 4:13-17).
FRIDAY: The religion of the rabbis was antagonistic to what God wish for man. While God desires for man to have rest in Him, the rabbis saw religion to be in dense activities. While God looks inwardly, the rabbis saw religion as an outward show. The danger of trusting in ourselves in the midst of increasing work looms; one might pray less & have less faith. God is the one who waters our works, rest in Him.