when a TV schedule is what determines our weekends we know there’s something wrong.
Here at The Bridge, you may have noticed that we take a break every 7(ish) weeks, causing the upmost distress when you click on your favourite tab to find a lack of new content. ‘Are they lazy? Busy? Bored? Given up?’ you may wonder. No. We’re just taking a Sabbath and here’s why…
Sunday is no longer a day of rest, worship, and prayer, but of shopping, football, last minute homework, and double pay shifts.
We live in an age now where 24-hour supermarkets and Sunday trading laws allow us to do the shopping on a Sunday morning; where football tournaments are scheduled to span the afternoon and homework is squeezed in last minute before Monday morning arrives. Take Church out of the picture and the only way to distinguish between Saturday and Sunday is the half way marker ‘Match of the Day’ and the latest pre Monday melt down BBC drama. But when a TV schedule is what determines our weekends we know there’s something wrong.
Amongst all this there’s still somewhere the antiquated concept that we should take a Sabbath day. A day to go to church, read the bible, talk to God. So where did this come from and should we still do it now?
it’s highly unlikely that God needed a day off. So why did He make one?
Right at the beginning of time - when there were no supermarkets or football tournaments - God got to work. He spent a 6-day working week putting together a massive project that resulted in our world and then us. Once He had created us and told us our work (“Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Gen 1:28) He created another day, blessed it as Holy and rested (v3). Now it’s highly unlikely that God needed a day off. So why did He make one? God created the world and then sat back and ‘saw that it was good’ (Gen 1:31). God spent time enjoying the world; just as He allows us time to enjoy Him and the world He created. The Sabbath day therefore was not just created as a day off where we stop working; it’s so much more than that. Mr. Tim Keller points out that overworking on the Sabbath makes you a slave:
Anyone who cannot rest from work is a slave—to a need for success, to a materialistic culture, to exploitative employers, to parental expectations, or to all of the above. These slave masters will abuse you if you are not disciplined in the practice of Sabbath rest. Sabbath is a declaration of freedom.’
taking a Sabbath is to make a stand before God and say this day is Your day
One principle of taking a Sabbath is to make a stand before God and say this day is Your day and it may belong to no one else. It’s not just about not working, it’s about spending time in the presence of God.
The Sabbath day is mentioned 107 times in the Old Testament and 68 times in the New. Whilst the Sabbath day is a time to stop what we do the other 6 days a week, it is not just a day of sleeping but also a day of worship and celebration. The Jews celebrated the Sabbath as a day that marked the relationship with God and His people (Ezekiel 20:12).
Let time spent on yourself not be as precious to you as time spent with God.
God has given us time to rest, physically from the work we do, and spiritually by spending time with Him. We must trust God and when He says put down that revision and spend time with me, we obey. We aim to trust God with our finances, our relationships, our futures... so why not our time? Let time spent on yourself not be as precious to you as time spent with God.
So whether you take time off on a Sunday, or a Tuesday, whether you take time to sit and read scripture, play music or just sit with God - schedule in time, give it to God and see what He does with it - it’s biblical!
Do you take a sabbath day?