“So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today – to love the Lord your God and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul – then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil. I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.” (Deuteronomy 11:13-15)
“When the world and all its people quake, it is I who hold its pillars firm” (Psalm 75:3)
“Your ways, O God, are holy. What God is so great as our God? You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.” (Psalm 77:13, 14)
Today we are observing the last Sabbath rest during Lent. I have chosen these verses above for us to think about because they remind us that God is in charge and that He covers all the bases. That is important to remember if we are really going to enjoy the Sabbath. In this day of a pandemic and economic trouble many are finding it hard to truly experience Sabbath rest.
We are tempted to look to our circumstances for the peace that can only come from our relationship with God. Instead of looking to Him, we worry about the things that are still undone. We worry about the things that we will need to do later and we wonder if all the bases are covered. We wonder if everything is going to be okay. We are stressed about the future and what it will look like. We can’t totally relax until we know for sure what is going to happen.
That’s why I like these verses. God says through Moses, “If you love me I will take care of you and…cover all the bases.” If we are loving God with all our hearts He promises to bless us and take care of us. But…He also promises to bless the land, the crops, the harvest and even grass for your cows to eat! What? God is caring for the whole world as well as you. Again, we must remember, your circumstances or what is going on in this world is no surprise to God. He can handle it. Our challenge is to keep our eyes on the One who holds the “pillars” of this world firm.
So today I want to remind you, on behalf of the God who loves you, sit back and enjoy a Sabbath rest. It’s okay. Listen closely as He whispers in your ear that He’s got all the bases covered and He is still on the throne of heaven…and earth. There will be plenty of ways that He will include you in His work, but on this Sabbath let Him take care of it. Can you trust Him today?