This past Sunday, we began a new series at Northshore Community Church called The Rest of God. In this series, we’re talking about the biblical idea of rest or “sabbath.” It’s an important theme throughout the whole Bible. Sabbath begins with “Looking Up.” When God gives His people Israel the command to rest or sabbath in Exodus 20:8-11, the reason is grounded in God as the Creator. It focuses on God’s bigness, goodness, and sovereignty. Author Mark Buchanan describes sabbath rest this way: “imitating God so that we stop trying to be God.“ Sabbath rest is about acknowledging our weakness and our limitations. We cannot work 24/7/365, but God can. When we choose sabbath rest, we choose to be small, and we “allow” God to be big—who He truly and fully is!
Here are some resources that have been helpful for me in learning to develop Sabbath Rest & Rhythms in my life (daily, weekly, monthly/quarterly, yearly).
The Rest of God – Mark Buchanan (this is my favorite book on Sabbath!)
Your Life in Rhythm – Bruce Miller (this is a very helpful book in living in rhythms instead of the impossible quest for “balance”)
“A Guide to Spending the Day with Jesus” (this is a blog post I wrote many years ago that contains a template for a day away)
This coming Sunday, we’ll talk about Sabbath rest and “Looking Up”— wholeheartedly believing in the liberation God has provided us through Jesus so we can live the life He created us to live.
What things do you do to experience sabbath rest?