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I Said Walk, Not Run

James 4:13-17

Verse 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

Yesterday we started talking about the things we need to cease from to keep the Sabbath the way God intended. Today we will look at one more thing we need to cease from.

One of the things we can get caught up in is our constant pursuit of being as productive as physically possible. We are so accomplishment oriented that we tend to lose focus on what He placed us on earth for. We want to get “this” and “that” done. We get so focused on something we want to accomplish that we lose sight of the other things that need our attention. Whether it is how we half starve ourselves so we can get to our goal weight which causes us to get out of sync with the rest of our family at mealtime or the stress we put on our vehicles as we rush from stoplight to stoplight in an attempt to fit more and more into our days, we do things to gain more all the while missing what we already have.

There are so many ways that we find ourselves in a never ending drive for more. It isn’t that work is bad because we know God made us for work, but He didn’t create us for overwork or excessive busyness. When we lose sight of who He created us to be we lose sight of Him. We start doing more and more to build our own status or wealth, then those things become our goals and ultimately our gods.

As we think about Sabbath keeping we need to evaluate how driven we are. If we are too driven throughout the week will we even be able to slow down enough to enjoy a day of rest? When we are so geared up all the time we don’t feel comfortable at a slower pace. Even when we try to slow down we are antsy and on edge because we don’t know how to cease from trying to accomplish even for a day.

If we can’t bring ourselves into a place of peace one day a week, we can’t think that we can focus on the Lord of the Sabbath. A heart without peace can’t see the Prince of Peace let alone focus on Him. When we are consumed with acquiring more of the things of the world, we are facing the wrong direction.

Making It Personal

Would you consider yourself driven? Do you find it difficult to cease rushing and accomplishing for one day? What changes do you need to make to be able to keep Sabbath God’s way?

Making It Personal Kids

What does it mean to be chasing accomplishments? Should we be chasing things more than we chase God? What is a good way to slow down for the Sabbath?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for the reminder that we need to not be so consumed with achieving that don’t know how to slow down. Father, convict us of times that we are running when You want us to walk. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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