Stop. Look. Listen.

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The Lord then gave these instructions to Moses: “Tell the people of Israel: ‘Be careful to keep my Sabbath day, for the Sabbath is a sign of the covenant between me and you from generation to generation. It is given so you may know that I am the Lord, who makes you holy. (Exodus 31:12-13, NLT)

God gave us the Sabbath to help us center our identity in him.

It’s so easy to get caught up in our work. To validate who we are by what we do. And if we find ourselves working during our day of rest, we may be guilty of turning our work into an idol.

But God gives us permission to stop. To be unproductive. To be unbusy. It is he who sanctifies us and makes us holy.

It may be scary to stop because it requires us to come face to face with who we are. No more distractions. Just you and God.

In the Sabbath, God invites us to STOP.

We don’t need to perform or to prove ourselves to anyone. We simply slow down allow God to speak into our lives.

In the Sabbath, God invites us to LOOK.

We can miss so much of life when we’re rushing from one thing to the next. Where do you see God working in your life? In the world around you? Where do you see God in creation? In the sunrises and the sunsets? In the people you see day in and day out?

In the Sabbath, God invites us to LISTEN.

Our lives are filled with so much noise we may miss out on hearing God’s still small voice. What is God saying to you? What words of affirmation and love and acceptance is he whispering in your ear?

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