Why Do I Need to Keep the Sabbath?
God blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy (Gen 2:3). He set it apart from the other days of the week. And He commands us, His children, to remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.
We don’t keep the Sabbath out of obligation, but in response to His blessings:
To remember God’s creation
He has made His wonderful works to be remembered (Psalm 111:4).
The Sabbath is a tangible link to God’s creation. When you rest on the seventh day, you remember that in five days, God created the sun and sky, trees and earth before He created humans on the sixth day. God prepared all things for His creatures. We owe our existence, well-being, and possessions to Him. When we observe the Sabbath day, we honor the Lord God as our creator and provider. In turn, we can retain our sights throughout each week on the purpose of life: to glorify God with what He has given us.
To remember God’s grace
God gave us the Sabbath as a “sign,” a reminder of our relationship with Him:
I also gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between them and Me,that they might know that I am the Lord who sanctifies them. (Ezek 20:12)
People easily forget God’s grace and wander away from Him. In the Old Testament, God commanded His people to observe the Sabbath to remember how He had brought them out of bondage into their own land (Deut 5:15). Today, keeping the Sabbath reminds us of how God delivered us from a life of sin and into the promise of His glorious kingdom. We can reflect on our relationship with God, keep it strong, and draw all the nearer to Him.
To receive God’s blessings
Observing the Sabbath is not just an occasion to consider God’s grace; it’s a means of receiving more blessings from Him. God will fulfill His promises to you if you faithfully keep His word:
If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight… and shall honor Him, not doing your own ways… then you shall delight yourself in the LORD; and I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. (Isa 58:13-14)
God assures us with plentitude if we trust enough to devote one day of our week to Him. If we can commit our full hearts to God on His holy day, He will shower us with His blessings.
How do I know which day is the true Sabbath?