Remember that the Sabbath Day belongs to me. You have six days when you can do your work, but the seventh day of each week belongs to me, your God. No one is to work on that day—not you, your children, your slaves, your animals, or the foreigners who live in your towns. In six days I made the sky, the earth, the oceans, and everything in them, but on the seventh day I rested. That’s why I made the Sabbath a special day that belongs to me.
(Exodus 20:8-11 CEV)
While I had always known about this commandment (and had even memorized it as a child), I remember the time when I felt that I had to start doing what it was asking–to set aside a day to rest. This was especially true while I was in school. The workload didn’t allow a day of rest (or so I thought). It took a lot of faith to put aside work for a day and just relax, but even then I was worried. But I’m glad that I did it anyway.
When God asks us to do something, like to set a day to rest, He does it for our good. It would have done me no good to study for seven days and I’d have probably not made it through school. But when I had a day to rest, I was actually able to do better. It amazes me that if God, who never gets weary, rested on the Sabbath, how much more do we, mere humans, need to do that!
Set aside a day and relax.