Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God….” Exodus 20: 8-10a
What is the Sabbath? The Sabbath is a very important day set apart unto the Lord. The word “Sabbath” means rest. This is the day that God declared for us to set aside to come and meet with Him. A whole day just to be with Him, read His Word, praise Him, serve Him and remember His blessings. It is so important to Him that we observe this day that He even put it in the Ten Commandments! The Jews usually celebrate this day on Saturday in accordance with God’s Law in the Torah. Christians can celebrate either on Saturday as the Jews do or on Sunday in remembrance of Christ Jesus’ resurrection. The most important thing though is to remember it and celebrate it!

It is so very nice to actually have a day when you can rest, relax and enjoy your family. So often even we as young ladies get caught up in our day to day activities such as chores, cooking, school work, music practice, etc. Let me tell you, it only gets worse as you get older! It is important now to get in the habit of actually setting the day of Sabbath apart to really rest! In doing this, you will honor God by obeying His command. The Sabbath is a blessing!

Here are some suggestions on how to help you set apart this day and keep it holy!

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 1. Have everything done the day before you are to celebrate the Sabbath. This would include having your clothes ironed, your baking or cooking done, your room cleaned!

2. Try not to do the things that you would usually do on a weekday. This might include things like working on a sewing project, sorting through your closet, or practicing your instrument. (This is only if your parents do not mind!) Do things that you enjoy, but try to remember that this day is not your own, but God’s!

3. Put aside this day your regular reading material such as the current book or magazine you are enjoying.

4. Do make it a point to read and study the Bible more on this day than you would regularly do. Try reading a different book in the Bible than you are currently reading.

5. Spend time with your family. Play games with your siblings, take a walk, read a story together, sing hymns. This is a time for family!

6. Spend some time alone focusing on God, praying and asking Him to speak to you. Ask Him to guide your path in the coming week.

7. Rest! I know a lot of you might not like to take naps, but often I find that this is the perfect day to catch up on my sleep! If you don’t want to take a nap, try just being totally still and silent for at least 10 minutes. Our culture today does not like silence, but it is important for us to learn to be silent for often that is when God will speak to us.

8. Do something special on this day that you normally do not do. This sets this day apart and gives you a reason to look forward with expectation to the Sabbath.

This is not a legalistic list of do’s and don’ts for you to follow, but only suggestions remember! These are only ideas to help you set this day apart. The real reason we should want to set this day apart is with a heart to please and honor God by obeying His commands.

Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27-28

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