Reasons To Party or Obedience isn’t Painful

If you were like many families, you had some sort of Labor Day party last weekend.  Whether it was a tailgate party to kick off Notre Dame football season (Go Irish!) or a family gathering on a holiday weekend, many people celebrated or did something special to commemorate the close of another summer.  Did you know that rest and celebration is something that is God ordained?

That’s the cool part, God commands us to rest from our labors and to party! Sadly, this is something that we don’t know how to do well in our culture.

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If we hold to biblical tradition (which I do), the first people to hear Genesis from the mouth of Moses would have been the Hebrew slaves.  As slaves, all they knew was labor because their lives and the lives of their families were dependent on the ability to produce or work. Maybe that is why God commands Sabbath.

One of the significant messages of Genesis is that God rested on the 7th day.  We need to ask ourselves why. Was he tired from creating? Maybe God in all his wisdom knew when to stop creating.  So he gives us the example… we need to know when to stop.

Exodus 20 8-11 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Sabbath was established as a day of rest and a day to remember God’s love for His people, it was a gift to the human race.  God set apart several festivals to celebrate his goodness, his love, and his care for the Israelites.  It is still part of our human DNA to work and produce. But we are designed to need rest, and I can’t think of anything better than to designate a day where I step away from my work as a campus minister, spend time with family, rest, and above all remember God’s love for me.  He tells the Israelites they are to take a Sabbath day every 7th day.  We are a society still consumed with work and production, sadly, we don’t really like to stop.  There is always more to do, always something we feel needs done.

Whether it’s a Saturday or a Sunday, take a day each week and rest in the love of God.  A comment made about the above photo was that it looked so relaxing and the best part is that God commanded it. Sometimes obedience can be so peaceful, and that is a reason to party!


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