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Saturday, December 10, 2005

28 Day Journey-Day Seven

Sunday 12//11//05
7 Rest

"Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalm 46:10

Our team is back in Atlanta tonight and our Volunteer Team Leaders have headed back to cities across the nation. And Sunday has come. It's been a long week, capped with three intense days of meetings in Nashville. But today is Sabbath, the day we cease from labor and gather to worship.

Sabbath, by the way, is God's idea. Not a suggestion, but a command. A non-negotiable for anyone seeking to honor Him in this world. And Sabbath is about so much more than physical rest. It's about remembering. Remembering that God formed us from dust and to dust we will return. Remembering that God made the universe in seven days without any input from you or me. Remembering that God is going to do what God is going to do...nothing can thwart His plan. Remembering that He doesn't need us to accomplish His plans, rather He has chosen us to join Him in them. Remembering the confession of Isaiah 26:12, "All we have accomplished the Lord has done for us."

Today we rest. Not because there's nothing to do, but because when we cease from our efforts we "ascribe to God the glory of being all to us."

Today's prayer:
Father, today we exalt You in worship, remembering that You are the originator and sustainer of all things. As we rest, we affirm that You are God and we are not. Everything in life depends on You and everything we do we do in You. We praise You because today, while we cease from labor, You continue to work to accomplish Your plans. Thank You Jesus. Amen.

Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. Psalm 127:1-2

Through the day: You do what we do.

3 Comments:

  • God, give me a time of reflection and rest to help enlighten my eyes that this life is not about me. Let Sabbath take up residence in my heart. Stillness, contemplation, solitude, you are in these things. Remind me that ministry and work do not define me, you do. Thank you for creating. You are Creator, I am created. We worship you God. You are the king of king of kings, Jesus, It's in your Matchless Name we pray, Amen.

    B

    By Blogger Shelby Crossings College Ministry, at 12/10/2005 11:45 PM  

  • Dear Father
    I pray that I would be kept reminded that the Sabbath is a day of rest but also a day of praise to you for all the blessings you have blessed me with.That it is a day to give thanks to you!
    Thank you for creating me!!You are amazing,you are Indescribable!!
    Amen

    By Blogger FanofGOD, at 12/12/2005 9:03 AM  

  • YOUR hands Father, not ours. Let us do Your work and not our. Let us pursue Your kingdom and not ours.

    By Blogger specialblend819, at 12/12/2005 11:06 AM  

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