Day 9

Day Nine:  Prioritizing God’s Day
"Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” Exodus 20:8 NLT
“If you turn back your foot from [[a]unnecessary travel on] the Sabbath,
From doing your own pleasure on My holy day,
And call the Sabbath a [spiritual] delight, and the holy day of the Lord honorable,
And honor it, not going your own way…
Then you will take pleasure in the Lord,
And I will make you ride on the high places of the earth…”. Isaiah 58 13-14

Have you ever wondered why Israel was commanded to observe the Sabbath day?  And why God included keeping the Sabbath as a part of the 10 commandments?
Is it because God likes rules and wants to make sure people keep them?

No, God is about relationship, not rules.

God knows how our attentions can get focused on daily life to the point we are overwhelmed.

Even God rested on the seventh day from His work of creation.
God has designed us to need refreshing in His presence.

This is why He explains in the verses above that we shouldn’t always be busy with our own travels and pursuits on the day He has set aside for us to experience time with Him.

Many Christians feel distant from God, unable to hear His voice and follow His leading.
They are overwhelmed, stressed and dismayed, needing to be refreshed so badly.

Christians complain of being unable to sense God’s presence, but the one day a week God asks of us to come into His presence to experience Him is often overlooked and unattended by many.

God asks us to set aside one day a week to come into His house with other believers and focus on Him so He can fill our thoughts and refresh our spirits.

If you want a deeper relationship with God, it will take spending time with Him.

It will take prioritizing His Presence.

God is not about the rule.  He wants a relationship with you.
He longs to spend time with you.

Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you if you have been neglecting His presence, and then purpose to prioritize the time God asks of you.

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