Words from the Heart for Sunday January 12th, 2020
Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
Exodus 20:8 (NIV)
As recently as 1986 the Canadian Supreme Court upheld as constitutional Ontario’s law requiring most stores to close on Sundays. The previous year, the court struck down a similar law in Alberta as a violation of religious freedom for non-Christians. In its 6-1 Ontario ruling, the court said the Ontario law infringed on religious freedom but did not violate the constitution.
The court accepted the Ontario government’s argument that its 1976 Retail Business Holidays Act was secular, not religious, and was intended to give the entire community a day of rest.
The pace of life seems overwhelming these days. Through the world wide web, we are seldom disconnected from others, and most people are never far from their cell phones. In the workplace, when someone sends an email they expect an immediate reply. It’s no wonder that many want to shout, “Stop the world, I want to get off!” When God created the world, He did so in 6 days and even though He is completely self-sufficient, He took a day off, creating the seventh day as an example to us. He knew that we would need time to rest and renew. So, for our own good, He commanded this in Exodus 20:8, “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” God called His people to set aside one day a week for rest. Jesus would tell the legalists in His day that the Sabbath was not created for God but for man. Our Creator Lord knew that we needed a Sabbath, a time for physical, spiritual and emotional renewal. We would all be healthier if we recognized this and disconnected from the usual to take a Sabbath rest.
These have been words from the heart.