A Time to Rest
Bible Reading: Exodus 20:8-11
We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry it out.
We need to have all our faculties about us as we seek to maintain our sobriety. If we allow ourselves to get overtired we'll be less able to cope with the demands of life and more susceptible to relapse.
Rest is essential to the maintenance of any kind of balanced life. Weekly rest was included as one of the Ten Commandments. God declared, "You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. . . . For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy" (Exodus 20:9-11). The Sabbath is described as "a permanent sign of my covenant with the people of Israel" (31:17).
God wants us to have rest and balance. A weekly "Sabbath" or intermission is a time to relax from our regular duties and allow our bodies to rest. It is also a time of spiritual refreshment, a time to reflect on God's promises. It is a day of renewing our contact with God and remembering that he sustains us in our sobriety.
We all need a day to draw close to God, his power, and his promises.
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.