I deal in hope : Carolyn R Scheidies

Devotion Remember God’s Day—Do We?

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
–Exodus 20:8 (Read Exodus 20:1-17)

The word Holy as defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary means spiritually pure, commanding devotion, and sacred.

One summer as I prepared to teach 1st and 2nd graders, I studied what following the fourth commandment actually involved. Did I keep God’s day holy? I thought so.

But as I considered, I recalled the Saturday night, my husband and I stayed up past midnight watching an intriguing movie with some dubious elements. The next morning I was so exhausted, I groaned as I dragged myself out of bed and got ready for church.

I had to keep from dozing off during the service that seemed to go on forever. I got next to nothing out of the sermon and had no idea what God had for me during that service. If keeping God’s day holy meant a day of refreshment and renewal, I failed–miserably.

What about all those sports played or broadcast on Sunday that may keep some from church to participate or watch or might take up the afternoon with an intensity of focus that shuts out God and family. Is God my priority on Sundays, or are sports?

What about times I substituted family time for fellowship with God’s people? If we travel for a family gathering on a Sunday, do I take time first to worship God and read His word? Do we, as a family, take time to pray over our meal and acknowledge Him?

If I forget God at such times, what example do I set for children or grandchildren? Aren’t I saying by my actions that I don’t think spending time with God on His day all that important?

As I look at what I really do and how I behave, I realize how far short I come from truly Remembering the Sabbath day and keeping it holy. How far I fall from keeping God’s day sacred and devoted to the Christ I claim to serve.

As I have often heard, God didn’t give us 10 suggestions we could follow or not on our whim, but 10 Commandments to be honored, obeyed and followed.

Help me, Lord, keep your day a day of worship and praise to You. In my Sunday activities, help me to first honor and spend time with You and set a positive example to family and others that I truly serve You. But more, Jesus, help me honor You not only on Sunday, but every day of the week. Amen.

Meditations:
Monday: Leviticus 26:1-12
Tuesday: Psalm 118:14-24
Wednesday: John 20
Thursday: Acts 20:7-12
Friday: Romans 14:1-13
Saturday: I Corinthians 16:1-14

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