5. Practicing Sabbath Keeps You Connected to God
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Matthew 6:22 says, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light.” Surprisingly these verses are actually talking about money. Jesus explains that you can’t serve both God and money. The truth is what we focus our “eyes on” or “give our attention to” are the things that we serve and connect to most.
We see this at work in all of our relationships. If you go too long without talking to your spouse you start feeling irritated and forgotten. If you haven’t talked to a friend for weeks on end you start to wonder if the relationship really matters anymore. If we want to know our kids well we have to spend time being with our kids.
Being connected to God and the people we love takes work.
If our desire is to live a life in relationship with Jesus, then we have to make time to connect with him.
Sabbath is an essential way to focus your attention on Jesus. That could be through attending a church service, reading the Bible, singing worship songs to God, praying, being in nature, creating, connecting to a community of believers, or listening to an insightful sermon. God speaks in a variety of ways, but we know we hear him best when we commit time to focusing our hearts on him.
Psalm 51:12 says, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” Practicing Sabbath is one of the ways God “restores the joy of our salvation.” It’s a chance to set aside distractions and work to allow God’s rest and presence to restore your soul.
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Amanda Idleman is a writer whose passion is to encourage others to live joyfully. She writes devotions for the Daily Bible Devotions App, she has work published with Her View from Home, also for the MOPS Blog, and is a regular contributor for Crosswalk.com. You can find out more about Amanda on her blog or follow her on Instagram.