And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. Mark 2:27
Interesting concept, Lord!
The Sabbath, the last day of a Jewish week, is a day of rest from work for the people. Unfortunately, however, the people being misled by the Pharisees lost the understanding of what rest really is.
Jesus, in correcting the Pharisees, stated that rest was made for man and not man for rest. In other words, the Sabbath is a gift, not an imposing tradition to be kept like a leash or yoke on the neck.
Jesus preached man’s freedom to enjoy what God has freely given as against what the Pharisees preached, that man should struggle for what God has given. The Pharisees had a labor mentality. Jesus had a rest mentality.
Remember that in Christ Jesus, God the Father has called you into one huge Sabbath. Endeavor to enjoy yourself in it. Don’t have a labor mentality no matter what you do or go through. Have a rest mentality.
God has not created you for the rest He has made available; instead, he made the rest for you. So come into the things of God, considering all He has done for you. Work in God from a mindset of rest. Approach life like everything has been prepared for you already. Don’t let the pharisee mindset get you down.
Rest is for you. Don’t sweat to achieve it. Receive it.
Father, it is Your Word that gives me comfort and hope. Help me to let Your words sink deep into my soul. May I trust your promises to be true no matter what my circumstances may be. May I be blessed with peace of mind and rest. I trust You, O God. Thank You for answering my prayers. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.