One to One: Day 36
by Tracey Armstrong
Hosea 10:12 Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the LORD, till He comes and rains righteousness on you. (NKJV)
Fallow ground in farming terms is ground that has been in a season of rest and has hardened. The fallow ground must be broken up before it can be sown into again. The rest allows the fallow ground to gain its nutrients once again. Sometimes it’s good to have a resting time, a Sabbath, because it allows everything that you have lost, and has been drained from you, to be replenished. The day of rest was before the law; it was designed for the purpose of seeking God and being restored. The restoration of our bodies and minds, and the charging of our spirit man is vitally important for us so that we can keep up with the pace at which the Kingdom of God is advancing.
Scientists predict that within the next twenty years depression will be the number one disabling disease. Emotional sicknesses are on the rise. Why? I believe it is because we have been taught that the Sabbath was just a legalistic ritual that we no longer need to apply to our lives; but we do not realize that God formed us in our mother’s womb and He knows what we can handle and what we cannot handle. I am sure that God knew that we could not go and go and go seven days a week without any rest, and time for our families or ourselves. Now we are paying the price for such ambition. The family unit has broken down, the moral fiber of society has shredded to pieces, and sickness, both physically and emotionally, is taking control of us. A weak, undernourished, and tired body cannot fight off viruses or infirmities. We are losing the battle because we have given in to the appetites of our flesh and not into the wisdom of God. The Mosaic laws were more than laws, they were practical instructions birthed from the wisdom of God. They still have merit today if they are received in the spirit of the law and not in the letter of the law.
Find time for yourself, your family, and your God, and you will be the better for it. Allow your field to rest every seventh day and you will be refreshed for the battle on the other side of your Sabbath. God will meet you and refresh you. Establishing a Sabbath also tells God that you trust more in Him than you do in your own provision or your vocation.
Father, I find my rest in you. I will find time in my busy schedule to set aside for you. I am whole because You are my rest. I will spend quality time with my family and with You.
Create a Sabbath for you and your family. It doesn’t need to be Saturday or Sunday, but it should be a day that you can dedicate completely to yourself, your family, and your God.