Labor Day September 5, 2011

People go out to their work and to their labor until the
evening.

Psalm 104:23

September 5, 2011

Happy Labor Day!

Today is a day for you to sit back, relax and don’t do any work. This day you get to celebrate your year’s worth of labor by not doing anything associated with your work. Isn’t this a wonderful holiday and aren’t you glad you get to celebrate it? Here’s a bit of trivia for you, we have been
celebrating Labor Day since Sept. 5, 1882.

Today please read Leviticus 25: 1-24.

God is telling Moses how he should instruct the people and in doing that, He says that when the people come into the land He is giving them, they shall observe the Sabbath. The Sabbath is a day of rest, a day when you do not work. God tells them they shall work the land for six years but in the seventh year the land should rest. They may eat whatever grows naturally but they are not to work the field at all. God asked them to do that.

Then God tells Moses that He also wants the people to have other celebrations and the first one mentioned is the Year of Jubilee. The way this worked is that every 50 years if you lost your property because you owed
money or it didn’t do good so you sold it and the new owner worked it for you, during the Year of Jubilee the property came back to you. You may be thinking how is that fair and I can tell you how: God is the One who is giving them the land, the land belongs to God, He is allotting the land to them and therefore
He wants them to keep what He gives them. That is how it works out to be fair. God wants us to remember that all we have is His and we have because He has given to us, so we should not be stingy or cheat one another.

God asks them to observe His statues and faithfully keep His ordinances so that they may live in the land securely (vs. 18). God tells them that He will order His blessing on the land so it will yield a crop for three
years (vs. 21). God is the One who gives them the land and God is the One who will make sure the land yields food for them during the Sabbath.

Can you imagine that? Can you imagine God saying to you, “Work for 6 years and in the 7th year do no work, and I will make sure you get all you need to eat.” I bet you read that and thought I would love for God
to tell me that and I would jump at that opportunity. The sad truth is you probably won’t, just like the children of Israel didn’t. The reason for that is because all of us are control freaks. We all like to be our own little gods and think that we know how to provide for ourselves better than God can. This is
why we work like dogs. Then the weekend comes. Saturday we wake up and do all the chores around the house and go shopping. The only rest we get is when we go to bed. Sunday morning we go to church and spend one hour with God. We get out of church and rush around to get things ready for the week. This could take most of the day, and the other half of the day we are making that big Sunday dinner to share with the family and then divide it up for lunches or leftovers. Nighttime comes and we lay our heads down and pray we sleep through the night because Monday comes around quickly. Where was our Sabbath? We lost it. We lost it to our crazy lives. We gave it up to run around like loons trying to get things done or fit in. We don’t give one day to rest.

So why then do we have a day dedicated to a day of rest? Like I said we are loons. Even on this day we are driving all over to be with family or friends. Cooking and baking and getting in the last bit of fun because the season of fall is about to begin. Some of you will close down your pools or bring home your boat. Work on a day dedicated to rest. Nope, we don’t rest just like they didn’t rest and when we don’t rest we get cranky and when we get cranky we wonder when God will allow us to rest. God wonders what we don’t get about the Sabbath.

One day we will get it. One day we will all have an “aha moment” when the light bulb in our head goes off and we say, “Oh, this is what God means to Sabbath.”  Of course by then we will be in nursing homes. Sad but true.

Happy Labor Day

Michele Beck

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