I’ve been thinking, lately, how the LORD is never in the same rush as we are. Anything can seem like an emergency to us.
Maybe that’s why take a sabbath is so hard and why the LORD has to really pressure them to do it (aka punishable by death!)
But then something else struck me. The people promise to follow the LORD then quickly made a golden calf to worship.
“Now then let Me alone, that My anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them; and I will make of you a great nation.” (32:10)
Start over with Moses? That makes me tired, just thinking about. The LORD has invested about 500 years, at this point, into making Abraham’s descendants into a nation.
His ways really are different from ours. We’ve got these little lifetimes we are scrambling to cram things into. Everything is on a clock, everything has a deadline. Not so with Him. Or not quite so? Who can be sure.
In any case, He asks for our obedience; seeing as He is the Timeless Creator God and we are the work of His hands. What is one major thing He asks us to do? Rest. It is a discipline, no matter how nice it sounds.
How are you doing with taking a Sabbath?