Aaaah… life is strange.
So many of the things I know I ‘should’ do are really hard… and I don’t really WANT to do them: eat healthy, wake up early, save money, clean the garage. The same thing goes for some of the things I know I ‘should’ do in my faith life: be nice to my enemies, following God instead of doing ‘what I want’, going to church EVERY Sunday (shhh). Sure, I know in the long run these things are good and will, eventually, be better for me… and I will look back and be glad and happy that I did them. But, it is still hard.
The 4th command is just the opposite… I WANT to do it, but just can’t seem to get it:
Observe the sabbath day and keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. (Deuteronomy 5:12)
I think most of us can relate to this… we WANT a day of rest, but just can’t seem to get it. The idea of a ‘sabbath’ was always a scheduled ‘day-off’ once a week. On this day off, with no business or stress or chores or work routines or even parties or outings, people were expected to spend time together as families, spend time together as friends, spend time together as communities and communities of faith… and, finally, spend time with God in prayer, meditation, thought, etc.
These days we are so busy we can’t even seem to find the time to take a day off just for self or family… much less for God. Maybe it’s time to reclaim a day a week… and in the process… abide by the 4th command.