Grace Challenge, Day 17
Traditionally in Jewish culture, Saturday is the Sabbath – a day of rest.
Rooted in creation and the Ten Commandments, Sabbath was a calendared reminder of the sovereignty of God and of His blessing. It served as a reminder of God’s grace, His promise to overcome sin. In the Sabbath we have the promise of the cessation of work, a reward for labor.
The book of Hebrews looks at this from the negative standpoint: The Israelites in the wilderness provoked God, hardened their hearts and failed to enter the rest of God, the promised land. It serves as a vivid warning as the Psalmist and the author to Hebrews express that illustration with these words:
Today if you hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts, as when they provoked me. (Psalm 95:7; Hebrews 4:15)
The hardening describes people who were not happy with what God provided (water in this case, Exodus 17) and grumbled. It would make sense that gratitude would be the opposite of hardening, thanksgiving the opposite of grumbling. So, if you want rest – give thanks.
Today is Saturday; it might be a good practice to make every Saturday Thanksgiving.