Words from the Heart for Wednesday March 11th, 2020
So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.”
John 5:16-17 (NIV)
The Father’s Work
The standard hours of work for an employee in a federally regulated industry are eight hours in a day and 40 hours in a week. Regulations allow for different standard hours of work for certain industries and types of work, such as drivers in the trucking industry, employees on ships on the East Coast, Great Lakes shipping industry and the West Coast shipping industry; running trades employees in the railway industry; the commissioned salespersons in the broadcasting industry; and the commissioned salespeople in the banking industry.
Genesis tells us that God created the world in six days, and on the seventh, He rested. By so doing, He created the Sabbath, as a sign to all human beings that we need to take a day a week for rest and renewal. There is great wisdom in this, and for our own good, God commands us to take a Sabbath rest. While God rested from creating, it is a good thing that God doesn’t need a Sabbath rest like human beings. Theologians describe God as the Creator, Preserver and Governor of all things. The Bible teaches that God is in control of the world He created and is intimately involved in our lives, seven days a week. John 5:16-17 puts it this way: “So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” God is always at work on your behalf. Right now, no matter what is happening in your life, God is at work in the midst of it all. Trust him in this.
These have been words from the heart.