«And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made» (Genesis 2:2, 3).
ON APRIL 2013, the World Health Organization reported that eighty-six percent of deaths that take place in the world are related to too much work. Stress and anxiety derived from work without rest cause various diseases, from which we could help protect ourselves simply by keeping the fourth divine commandment. However, physical health is not the only positive thing we derive from keeping the Sabbath.
Keeping the Sabbath reminds us that God is our Creator, and that generates a unique space in which we can engage with Him without the day-to-day pressures. This connection with the Creator helps us to overcome worries and be more in harmony with life, with ourselves, and with others. All this results in happiness and fulfillment.
Keeping the Sabbath reminds us that God is our Sustainer; that He makes the sun «rise on the evil and on the good, and sends the rain on the just and the unjust» (Matthew 5:45); and that He is constantly watching out for the satisfaction of our needs.
Keeping the Sabbath reminds us that we are creatures, not gods, which is why it situates us with regard to God. Ibis, of course, does not mean that we are not valuable; our value is given to us for having been created in His image and redeemed by Him. However, we are mortal, finite, and affected by sin, which requires us to exercise faith in God. The Sabbath helps us to remember these realities and depend more on God every day.
Keeping the Sabbath helps us to have better relationships with others, to build a community of support and understanding, to work for the salvation of others, to give the best of ourselves for the growth of the church. The Sabbath, as a day of holy convocation (see Leviticus 23:3), reminds us that we should be compassionate to humankind as a whole.
Tomorrow is the Sabbath, and now that you know everything positive that is derived from its observance, you can enter into that rest with great conviction. The Sabbath is not an end in itself, but the manifestation of an internal experience, a relationship with Jesus Christ and with God the Father.
Enjoy your friendship with Jesus on the day He created.