The Jews took the Sabbath Day seriously. This command was central to their being: “Remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8).
Henry Ward Beecher said, “A world without a Sabbath would be like a summer without flowers. It is the most joyous day of the week.”
The Jews took the principles of the Sabbath Day to the extreme. They added 1,521 ways to break the Sabbath, including walking more than 750 yards at a time or tying a knot. A scribe was forbidden to pick up a pen, as that was considered work.
Jesus said the Sabbath was “made for man” (Mark 2:27). For the Christian, the Sabbath principles translate to what we call “The Lord’s Day” on Sunday, the day of the resurrection.
My good friend, Tim Boyd, pastor of Westside Christian Church in Bradenton, Florida, offered a great message on the Sabbath a couple of months ago. He suggested we take this day to do four things: (a) relax, (b) reenergize, (c) refocus, and (d) re-engage.
The day of rest is critical to every man’s recovery. I suggest you take time today – The Lord’s Day – to put these four steps into place.
Recovery Step: Try this today: (a) relax, (b) reenergize, (c) refocus, and (d) re-engage.