I grew up with a wall clock my father brought back from Germany in WWII. It had a brass pendulum and wind-up gears. When it started to not keep as accurate of time as it should, my father would stop the pendulum for twenty-four hours, then he’d rewind the clock, reset the hands, and start the sway of the pendulum again.
God designed us like that clock—to stop the pendulum every now and then so we can be re-set. We need to give our gears a repose. Our bodies need to readjust, restore and regroup. So do our minds. We need a day to pray, be refueled with His Word, and reconnect with His faithful. We need more than to just rest, we need to rest in Him.
Our Creator requires that we spend one of those seven days He created as a week resting in Him. He designed our bodies and minds as well as our souls for that very purpose.
“There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a sabbath to the LORD.” Leviticus 23:3
(excerpt from my new book – available from my website – Squeeze More God-Time Into Your Day.)