If my private world is in order, it will be because I have chosen to press Sabbath peace into the rush and routine of my daily life in order to find the rest that God prescribed for Himself and all humanity. Sabbath peace is found in Sabbath rest. Sabbath rest is needed to keep the balance so we do not snap from over-tension.
We are a tired people. Instead of Sabbath peace, we’ve turned the Sabbath into a day of “leisure,” but how much leisure is found in your Sabbath? The bible tells us that God rested from his labors and was refreshed. Are you refreshed after your Sabbath rest? If not, perhaps there is an adjustment needed.
God created a rhythm of work and rest for us to follow to keep order in our private worlds. Rest is a necessity. But in not understanding we need rest, we’ve substituted leisure and amusement for our Sabbath rest. There is a place for leisure and amusement in our lives. Jesus loved to laugh with his people, but he also knew the importance of having Sabbath peace in His life too.
In Genesis, we read that God created the earth, rested, looked upon his work, enjoyed its completeness, and then reflected upon its meaning. Principle 1 – God gave his work meaning and acknowledged its completeness. On the seventh day, God “closed the loop” to show that His project was completed. To begin your Sabbath peace, look at your work and determine
- what it means
- for whom you work
- how well the work was completed
- why you completed it
- what results you expected
- what results you received
If we cannot answer these questions, we risk being busy in our busyness. We become frantic in our pace and delay our quest for meaning for our work. Eventually, we lose sight of the question and learn to do our work without knowing the meaning. We convince ourselves that we work only for the paycheck.
Sabbath peace creates the true rest for our loyalties and labors. The meaning of the Sabbath peace is to celebrate time rather than space. Six days a week we live under space and time restraints. On the seventh day, we should become attuned to the holiness within the time. By reading, meditating, and reflecting, we take a time to be, to reconnect with the holiness all around us. Living with Sabbath peace affirms our intention to live a balanced, centered tomorrow and future.
General George Patton required of all his men to be able to answer clearly the question: “what is your mission?” What is your mission today? Answering this simple question will allow you to make good decisions to implement your plans for the future. Thus Sabbath Peace is an integral piece of your future success.
Don’t forget to add in time for leisure and amusement, but also remember to choose rest and choose Sabbath peace. “Make the Sabbath an eternal monument of the knowledge and sanctification of God, both in the center of your busy life and in the peaceful retreat of your domestic hearth.”
CITE: Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald