Friday, May 28, 2010

Blessed Day

Recently I've been studying about the Sabbath and the blessing that God has in store for those who keep it. I've always loved the Sabbath - and I love it for many different reasons. To have the special communion with my Creator, to enjoy sweet fellowship with other dedicated Christians, to praise God through music, and to worship at His house - this is all wonderful! But what makes the Sabbath even more meaningful, is to realize that God blessed it.

"For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it." Webster's diction defines "hallowed" as "made holy or sacred; honored as holy" and "blessed" as "holy; sacred; consecrated." It is fascinating to realize that the Sabbath, the seventh day of the week, contains a blessing that no other day has.

When God blesses something, it is blessed always. "For thou blessest, O Lord, and it shall be blessed for ever." (1 Chronicles 17:27) And His blessing cannot be reversed by man, for as Balaam said, "Behold, I have receieved a commandment to bless: and He [the Lord] hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it." (Numbers 23:20) God's blessing on the Sabbath will be lasting, and He also blesses those who keep it "Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it." (Isaiah 58:14)

I wouldn't be who I am today without the Sabbath. I ponder what life would be like without it. I thank God for such a wonderful day where I can take a break from the week. Truly, "A world without a Sabbath...would be like a man without a smile, like a summer without flowers, and like a homestead without a garden. It is the most joyous day of the whole week." - Henry Ward Beecher.

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