“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy: You are to labor six days and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God….” (Ex. 20:8-10 HCSB). So the Bible says that we are to rest on the Lord’s Sabbath. We are not to do any work. It is the Lord’s day. We are to honor Him, and He also blessed us with the rest. When we start the week, most of us dread the work week and a lot of us work in a negative or stressful environment, and have no peace! Let me ask a question. Should we only have peace on the Sabbath? Let me ask another question. Do you only want peace just on the Sabbath? Let’s hope not! So, here’s the real question! How do we maintain that Sabbath peace throughout the week?
The title above are words that stuck out to me in a song called Heroes by Amanda Cook. I decided to look up some deeper meaning with the word dance. There are many different Hebrew words for dance. However, the most general word that means to dance or whirl, is karar (kaw-rar’). Next, we will break down the Hebrew word into it’s letters, and connect the meaning of each letter. Karar is made up of one Kaf and two letters of Resh. The gematria (numerical) value of the letter Kaf is twenty, and it’s pictograph looks like the palm of a hand. The gematria of the letter Resh is 200, and it’s pictograph looks like the head of a man.
I live in the basement at our house, and the phone service and internet is often very slow. One morning I woke up and got very frustrated that I couldn’t get access to what I needed at the time (I’m not a morning person, so that could be part of the problem, lol). As I began to get ready for work that morning, I asked myself, “what spiritual lesson could I learn from slow internet access?” I’ve always loved looking at situations and thinking how they could be applied in a spiritual lesson. Not all situations are easy enough to turn around that way, but sometimes it completely switches the mood and atmosphere when you do look at it how God may look at it; it’s as if you’re seeing the situation through His eyes. Anyways, back to the lesson that I learned from having slow internet. I almost instantly got a revelation.
As we approach the end of this five day Encouragement series, I want to leave you with this:
Whether it be your coworkers, friends, family, or perhaps a complete stranger, make it an effort to make a positive difference in their life. Perhaps you have a difficult time putting the focus and “spotlight” on someone else. Do something nice for someone for a change. Be positive in this world. There is so much negativity and fear in this world. WE can be the change. Even if it’s a stranger walking down the road. You can make a difference. Go outside of your comfort zone to help someone, or open the door for someone. Try to figure out how each one of your family members feels loved, and then do your best to fill their love tank. Everyone deserves to be loved, and sadly not everyone in this world feels loved. This is why, as children of God, it is our responsibility to do our best to love His people. Perhaps there may be someone that we don’t necessarily like, like someone that we work with. In either circumstance, our job is not to judge and think negative thoughts about that individual. Though the temptation may come, we need to take our thoughts captive and turn them around.
From January of 2015:
When we look into the mirror, what do we see? Do we see ourselves through our eyes, or the way our Heavenly Father sees us? Do we spend enough time with Him to even know what He says about us? Perhaps learning how to think of yourself and your personal life on a deeper level from God’s perspective will help you understand how remarkably valued and treasured you are.