Sunday, August 31, 2003
Christ our Lord is Risen today! Hallelujah! Somehow, I do not feel that most of the time. And I don't think others do either. It doesn't seem that anyone seems to care that the Sabbath is a holy, joyous occasion. That it has been consecrated for us as a day of rest and worship. God has given us a great blessing, a respite from the torment of our lives, to rest in his steadfast love, to meditate on him, to do what we were designed to do, without distraction: glorify and enjoy Him. Do we believe this? Why are we so quick to avail ourselves to work (schoolwork, etc.) when we are called to honor the Sabbath day and keep it holy? What is it that makes this command so easily ignored (and by those who definitely know that this is a command, myself included)? I am thankful for God's making covenant with me; this is a wonderful time for me to spend time thinking about this. Maybe I just have more time on my hands than everyone else, but it is a great blessing to have a day to remind me of a God who has drawn near to me and to the rest of his chosen people. It is also a great time to look to the future: a time when we will see face to face our Redeemer, when our sins will not distract us, but will be done away with completely, and their memory will merely serve to draw us closer to God in the celebration, and we will enter a lovely rest. I long for that. My sin and misery may seem ever present, and ever powerful, but I can look in hope for a time when that will not be the case. Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!