The first day of autumn has arrived and even the temperatures are heralding its appearance, if only for a few short days. Temps back into the 90’s are forecasted for the first part of next week.
If you notice, this time of year is full of activities. Fall festivals of all kinds, family reunions, weddings, camping outings, and the list goes on and on. Personally, I have two weddings a family reunion, church wiener roast, and outside family pictures, all scheduled before the middle of October.
What autumn activities are on your schedule?
All these activities sure make it difficult to put this week’s small group lesson into personal practice. The call for weekly rest and a slower pace is easy to pontificate about, much more difficult to put into a weekly routine.
Even though we do not practice the law of the Old Testament and the penalty for NOT observing a day of rest is no longer applied (Thank you, Jesus!). Nonetheless, the Lord is serious about a day of rest. “Observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to you. Anyone who desecrates it is to be put to death; those who do any work on that day must be cut off from their people.” (Exodus 31:12-13). WOW!
Jesus who fulfilled all of the law (because we could not) also put great emphasis on the need for rest. (Matthew 11:28-30) “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
The call of the scripture is not just for physical rest. Specifically it is prioritizing a weekly time to find rest in the presence of God and one another. Hebrews 4:10 calls it “God’s rest.” A Sabbath rest. One day in seven where we rest from our daily routines and enjoy delightful communion with God and one another.
Let’s talk about it Sunday. A day of rest and worship … together!