Commandment #4: Keep the Sabbath day holy

13 “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
    and from doing as you please on my holy day,
if you call the Sabbath a delight
    and the Lord’s holy day honorable,
and if you honor it by not going your own way
    and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,
14 then you will find your joy in the Lord,
    and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land
    and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.”
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

Isaiah 58:13-14

In the mornings, I sit at my kitchen table and read my Bible. I have been walking through, book by book and chapter by chapter for about a year now and have only gotten to Isaiah. There are times that I will linger on a book or meditate on some verses- and other times when God re-directs me to other things…other areas of scripture that I need to focus on for the time. This morning, as I read this passage from Isaiah I realized that I am still (always and continuously) falling short of God’s desires and commands for me.


Just yesterday, I hung a copy of the Ten Commandments in our home. It was in the form of a plaque that is special to my husband….the very same plaque that his mother had hanging in his childhood home.  We also have a handwritten copy of the Ten Commandments hanging on the magnetic board in our kitchen for our kids to read. I am no stranger to them- and, yet, I still fall short. After I finished my reading this morning I shared this passage with my husband along with my desire to obey this command. In the busy, day-to-day grind of life we tend to cram all of our chores, yard work, shopping, and other things into our Saturdays and Sunday afternoons after church. I mean, yesterday morning in Sunday School- we were having the very same discussion! Life is fast…too fast. And “life” is not the tedious day-in and day-out schedule that consists of work, school, cooking, housework, finances, sports ….I could keep going – but I don’t think I need to. That is not life…JESUS IS LIFE! The way, the truth and the life to be exact. As it was pointed out at length in Ecclesiastes, all of this toil is meaningless. I need to center myself around God and He will continue to order my steps. In the meantime, I really need to take hold of my Sundays- or rather let GOD take hold of them.


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