Scripture: Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. 8 It will be a healing for your flesh and a refreshment for your body.
Observation: V.5 gets to the heart of the matter. As people we are continually tempted to do things our own way rather than God’s way. And when we do, it ends badly.
Application: During the season of Lent I adopted keeping the Sabbath as a spiritual discipline. I stumbled around in the attempt since I’ve never practiced the Sabbath on a consistent basis, nor have I personally known anyone who did. Nevertheless, it blessed me. God met me in that place of flawed, but honest Sabbath rest. I wondered, “Why haven’t I done this sooner?”
Now I remember why. It’s hard to carve out the time in the midst of a busy life. It’s been several weeks since I’ve kept a Sabbath and I miss it. But I’ve been traveling quite a bit for continuing education and church-related activity, then working to catch up upon my return home. It’s been pretty much non-stop since Easter. Not good.
Somewhere along the way I convinced myself that Sabbath is optional. It’s nice to do – if you can find the time. But the writer of Proverbs reminds me of the truth. Sabbath isn’t a recommendation or a guideline. It’s a commandment of God.
8 It will be a healing for your flesh and a refreshment for your body.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, it’s so easy to fall back into old habits. Give me grace to embrace your ways so that I might know life the way you intended. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.