The Forgotten Commandment

I’m a fan of checklists.  I always like to know what I’ve got to do, when I’ve got to be somewhere, what is on my plate for that moment.  I’m always looking to what is next.  That’s just how I’m wired.  Believe me, I’m not saying it’s good, I’m just saying it’s how I’m wired.

And today, as busy as many of us are, even if we aren’t wired like that, it’s sort of how we feel, isn’t it?  Even if we don’t want to go, go, go, go, we feel like our schedules, our lives, all that’s going on makes us that way.  That’s sort of modern life today.  Or at least that’s how it feels.

I think today that we can learn a lot from what happens in Mark 6:30-31.  Listen to what it says:

30 The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.

rest-and-recoveryJesus had sent the Disciples out on a task, they had a lot that they were called to do for Him. They come back, they are excited, but they had been going, going, going, going.  And what does He tell them to do?

Come away and rest.

When was the last time you rested?  I mean, really?  When was the last time you let the concerns of work, of school, of life, of family, of everything, just go, if just for a moment, and rested.

We can’t go all the time.  Remember one of the Ten Commandments is to keep the Sabbath.  We have got to have times of rest.  We must.  We have do. We can’t go all the time.

Jesus understood it.

He made the Disciples live it.

What about us?  Do we live out this forgotten commandment?  Now, believe me, this is a do what I say, not what I do.  You can ask my wife, I struggle with this.  But the older I get, the more I’m learning that I can go and go and go without taking that rest.

So today, take some Sabbath.  Catch your breath.  Rest.  Trust.  Hope.

You can rest.  God has it all under control.  You can trust that.  He’s got it.  Remember that forgotten commandment.  Take Sabbath.  Take rest. And see how God uses it in our lives.

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