LORD’S DAY, MARCH 3
“… the seventh year thou shalt let it rest
and lie still …”
GREATER TEST OF FAITH
The LORD commanded that when they were in the Promised Land, they should sow the land, vineyards and olive yards for six years but stop every seventh year. This is to let the land rest, and for the poor to eat off their land, and also the animals could eat of their leftovers. Then He reminded them again about keeping the Sabbath day holy.
We have learnt in Exodus 16 that keeping the Sabbath Day holy is about having faith that God will take care of us when we obey Him instead of trying to make money or do our secular work on that day. It is one thing to have faith for not working for one day in seven, but here they were told to stop all farming for an entire year! In fact, God expected them to wonder at this. In Leviticus 25:20-22, He said, “And if ye shall say, What shall we eat the seventh year? behold, we shall not sow, nor gather in our increase: Then I will command my blessing upon you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth fruit for three years. And ye shall sow the eighth year, and eat yet of old fruit until the ninth year; until her fruits come in ye shall eat of the old store.” It is again about trust. This is a greater test of faith. If they could not even keep the weekly Sabbath Day, they certainly would not have the faith to keep the Sabbatical Year. They knew that even if they started farming after the Sabbatical Year, their crops and orchards would still need at least a year or two to bear fruit. But God promised them that the crops of the sixth year would be sufficient for those periods. Keeping the Lord’s Day holy builds our faith. When we experience how God helps us when we remember the Sabbath and spend the day in worship, service, and spiritual retreat to draw close to Him every week, we will not fear but trust Him when greater trials come. But if you avoid keeping the weekly Sabbath, you will not know how to trust God when challenges of life intensify. What are the gods that keep you from obeying this command?
THOUGHT: Keeping the Lord’s Day holy helps me know God better.
PRAYER: LORD, increase my trust in Thee through the proper keeping of the Lord’s Day.