With the rotation of the Earth, God gave us day and night, with the moon revolving around the earth He gave us months, and in the revolutions of the earth around the sun He gave us years. By tilting the earth He gave us the seasons of the year. But nothing in nature has a natural cycle of seven days. God created everything in six days and then, as a bonus, gave us an extra day. A God-given day of vacation every week to recall all He created, to praise Him, to rest and enjoy all all His blessings.
But what if God didn’t create the extra day? Instead He just ended the creation story after six days and then launched us right into Monday? How fun would that be? Even with all the beautiful and amazing gifts He had created, He wanted to give us even more. So, in His infinite love and wisdom, He created an extra day as a gift.
Unfortunately, our culture has made Sunday just another day of the week. A day to get caught up for the week ahead. The trap we too often fall into is that we focus first on all the other seemingly more important and more fun ways we could use our Sundays.
As we fill up Sundays with chores and worldly desires, we become too busy for God and too busy to spend time relaxing with family and friends. Between getting the laundry done, grocery shopping for the week, helping the kids finish their science project, the two soccer practices and the big game, there doesn’t seem to be time to “fit in” going to church. As busyness takes hold, we drift from our relationship with God, causing us to become confused and tempted with the lies and deception of worldly wisdom and wondering how did life become so difficult.
In His infinite love and wisdom, God knew that we needed a break from the hard work of life to remember His love and praise Him for all He did for us in the previous week and ask for His guidance in the week ahead. He wanted to give us time to nurture and enjoy our relationships with family and friends and to give us time just to relax and prepare ourselves for the week ahead. So, why waste it? Set aside the grind of life and trust in God's plan for Sundays. Enjoy them and be prepared to face the week ahead.
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