(Compiled by Linda Lorring)
Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work.” Exodus 20:9–10 (NASB)
The thought of deliberately choosing a rhythm of rest and margin around our full slate of activities feels almost unthinkable – because it lands on people who still think the way a slave thinks. People who’ve been trained through the years not to say no. People who are the unwitting servants to their master calendars. People whose own impulses, in conjunction with the ninety-mile-an-hour culture swirling around them, leave them feeling they don’t ever have permission to step out of line, to hop off the merry-go-round, to decide for themselves it’s time to close up shop and go home.
That’s a slave talking. Here it? “I can’t just . . . not . . . can I?”
No, you can’t. Not if you’re a slave.
But . . . you can if you’re free.
And guess what? “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1 (NASB) Enough can be enough – not just on our calendars but in every area of our lives. Then we can sit back in the freedom that helps us start again tomorrow with our spirits rested, alert, and renewed.
Taken from FerVent: A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer, pgs. 136-138.