Being Still on Shabbat
This morning, I didn't know what I wanted to do. I had no energy, but I wasn't tired. I wanted to go somewhere yet I wanted to stay home. I felt very conflicted. Then I realized what was happening, a battle was waging within me. I am almost always doing something but today is Shabbat (Hebrew for the Sabbath). Today, I am to rest.
"Remember the day, Shabbat, to set it apart for God.
You have six days to labor and do all your work,
but the seventh day is a Shabbat for Adonai your God.
On it, you are not to do any kind of work -
not you, your son or your daughter, not your male or female slave,
not your livestock, and not the foreigner staying
with you inside the gates to your property.
For in six days, Adonai made heaven and earth,
the sea and everything in them; but on the seventh day He rested.
This is why ADONAI blessed the day, Shabbat, and separated it for Himself. Exodus 20:8-11 (Complete Jewish Bible)
My spirit is telling me to be still because my spirit desires to commune with God. We were all created to walk with God, to talk with God, to listen to God. We are each designed to communicate and glorify God.
He says, "Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."
The more I think about it, the more I realize the conflict within me is the work of the enemy trying to agitate me out of my peaceful state of mind. The enemy could just be the world around me or the actual adversary of God... or both. It is important for me to discern and to act according to my faith and respond to my inner spirit.
Today, is Shabbat. Today, I am going to be still and rest. Today, I am going to listen for His voice whispering to me through the winds of my spirit. I will heed His commandment, I will shut out everything else, and just listen for His voice.
Today, I will be still and know...