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Our Prolonged Sabbath

Exodus 16:27 (NASB) “It came about on the seventh day that some of the people went out to gather, but they found none.” They wanted to work for the sake of working, when it (the manna) was already provided for them on the previous day. They were convinced that it may have been the last time the food would appear. They were searching for what had already been provided.

Much of the world is longing for what they are used to getting, whatever that may be. And they’re receiving a marginalized fraction of it right now. They’re also beginning to feel the psychological effects of entrapment and the fact that they do not have an eternal purpose is being accentuated

In Mark 2:27 (NASB) “Jesus said to them, the Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.” What benefit is the Sabbath to man, anyhow? Of course, it’s to spend time with the Lord (reading, praying, meditating, worshiping, sharing).

We are in a sense, experiencing a prolonged “Sabbath” of rest. We can use this time for spending added time with the Lord. Now, if we glanced back a few chapters, in Exodus 15:22 we’d see the Israelites “grumbling” only 3 days into the wilderness. Similarly, without divine intervention it would not take anyone else long to turn aside from the Lord. And we don’t need to be reminded of what idle time can do. 

However, we have a hope that the world knows nothing about. If we are where we should be spiritually, (I truly speak to myself here) tribulation should drive us closer to the Savior. We may not currently have the physical reminders and the formal, sobering privilege of gathering at the hall, but we have the opportunity to pass a test that’s been presented to us: the chance to press on and embrace the fact that God still IS, and all our enjoyment and purpose is in Him.

Let us not lose joy, having less opportunity to do something publicly for the Lord. Our position in the Lord in itself is precious. 

Psalm 18:30 (NASB) (blameless=perfect in KJV) “As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the LORD is tried; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.” And so, we continue to have tender hearts.

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