Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant, or your ox or your donkey or any of your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you. – Deuteronomy 5:13–14
Among other things, the Sabbath rest is God’s way to let families see God’s miracles each week. If we attempt to circumvent the Sabbath, we cheat ourselves. God has promised to “make up the difference” when we observe the Sabbath.
We cheat ourselves because if fail to prepare for the Sabbath and then work that should have been done steals our rest. But any extra work we try to sneak in stops God from His Sabbath miracles. If we’re going to do the work, then there is no reason for God to help. But if we observe the Sabbath, we will discover His miracles given to us to rest.
Six days you shall labor. Your work schedule may not allow Saturday or Sunday to be your Sabbath but pray for wisdom, ask for your Sabbath. God will make a way for you to keep one out of seven days set aside for your rest and to meditate upon the Lord.
During this time of gatherings to celebrate the birth of Jesus, let’s not fail to keep His commands. Keep your Sabbath; it was made for you, not you for it! (Mark 2:27)