I was wrong. When I began to take one day a week to rest, I could handle the other six days. I don't miss those seven day workweeks! Here are some reasons why God commands us to keep the Sabbath holy.
1. Nobody can keep on going and going and going without stopping. God can, but He decided to rest. It is truly a blessing to rest, one whole day every week. Sunday naps are common in our home, especially during the school year.
2. The Sabbath is a day to replenish physically and emotionally and is a chance to regroup. It is a day to remember what to focus on and to keep us on track. It is easy to lose our bearings when we do not stop and check our surroundings.
3. Doing business on the Sabbath requires many people to work on a day that was meant for rest. If everyone goes to the mall on the Sabbath, more people are required to work at the stores. I do not want to contribute to that happening, and try to minimize errands on that day.
4. Many of the things that we do on the Sabbath can wait. Is a load of laundry worth ignoring the fourth commandment? Is it more valuable than my one day to rest? I always eventually get the laundry done. There are six other days to do it. It is not as important as it can momentarily seem at the time.
5. What is good enough for Jesus is good enough for me. As a lifestyle, Jesus kept the Sabbath. He also fellowshipped and healed on the Sabbath. We can do that, too. All of that fun stuff is allowed. But we must be careful to not be “religious” about it, or judgmental about how other people keep the Sabbath. It should be a blessing, not a burden.
7. God is worthy! It is a joy to take one day a week to meet with other believers to worship our King! If I miss church, I always wonder what I missed. What blessing did I forgo? The Lord delights in our desire to bless Him with praise and worship. “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise!” Psalm 145:3