Sunday, April 10th, 2011
God's Ten Commandments For Hollywood, #4
Make Time for God
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Exodus 20:8 (NAS)
'For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a Sabbath of complete rest, holy to the Lord' (Exodus 31:15).
'Jesus said to them, 'The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath''' (Mark 2:27).
God tells us to rest on the Sabbath. Some people, like Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy, take it seriously. He closes his entire restaurant chain on Sundays, but most of the world continues at a frenzied pace.
Our workaholic culture views rest as laziness, and those who want to get ahead must step up their game. We even return tired from vacations, days off, and hobbies. If the Lord Himself rests, who are we to think we shouldn't or can't?
If we believe our never-ceasing plans are more important than God's prescribed rest, we are saying to Him (in actions if not in words): 'my to-do list is more important than Yours.'
How does the Sabbath rest relate to Hollywood? Or New York, 'the city that never sleeps?' Or to actors working nights and weekends so they can audition by day?
'Complete rest, holy to the Lord' is clear enough. Stop, look, and listen. Make sure you are thanking, worshipping, and hearing from God. Ceaseless activity prevents it. It also wears down the soul making us more vulnerable to every form of attack.
The Jews of Jesus' time added their own rules to Sabbath rest, but Jesus freed us from legalism. If you are in a position where you must work more than six days, carve out quiet time with God. Ask for His mercy, and give your work to Him.
He will take it and carry the load. By making time for God, by putting His plans for you first, you rest from your own labor and enter into His.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the God's Ten Commandments For Hollywood series.