We live in a time when Sabbath rest hardly happens, even when we sleep.
But before you blame the wired 24/7 world take note that Isaiah 58 is written
to people living in the sixth century before God engaged the world through the
Christ and yet they appear to be plenty busy on the day God set aside for rest.
It is what occupies one’s ultimate concern that matters to God so if your wired
world is all about you in the same way that serving one’s own interests in the
sixth century before “Silent Night” superseded the Sabbath then God is not
pleased. So we who celebrate God’s mercy to us should not be surprised that the
way God would have us keep the Sabbath is to be merciful to others. Offer your food to the hungry. Satisfy the needs of the afflicted. Stop pointing the finger and refrain from speaking evil. Sabbath
rest is important to one’s well-being but resting from Sabbath work is not.