Has the day of rest become a day of stress?

Gen 2:1-3Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”

Ex 20:8-11 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11 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.

I find it interesting over these past 11 years that I have been an ordained minister of the Gospel how stressful the Lord’s Day has become.  Think on that for just a moment.  It is supposed to be the Lord’s Day, which says to me I should do things that are pleasing to Him.  When God looked out over all He had created, He saw it all and said “it was very good” and then He gave the land a day of rest.  Why then have “church members” turned the day of rest into a day of stress?

I by no means am a bodybuilder, but I do understand the concept of body building in that you have to let your body rest in order for the workouts to take total effect.  Then shouldn’t we do the same thing?  Just because the world has made it a 7 day work week, does not mean we have to treat Sunday as a “work day”; we should rest in the Lord on that day especially.  The devil goes into high gear on late Saturday night and doesn’t relinquish the pressure until Sunday night.  He will start adding stress to your thoughts and pretty soon you are upset before anything has ever happened just with the idea of “what will happen if such and such does happen.”  Have we ever thought how ridiculous that sounds and is?  I guess you could say Sunday is the one day most everyone puts on their armor, but that is to try and withstand the attacks of their “brothers and sisters” in Christ.

Jesus said that His church would stand and the gates of hell would not prevail.  I believe it is time we reclaim the Lord’s Day and repent and give it back to His rightful owner, God Himself.  Stop worrying about the “what if’s” and the “who is or is not doing something” and simply say “God your will be done in my life” and also “Lord, what would you have me do”.  This world is stressful enough, why bring it into God’s House on His day?

I want to rest in the Lord and with the Lord on His day, don’t you?


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