I’m amazed at something in the Bible today. I usually am every time I approach the Word of God with an open heart.
Here’s what I found. The First thing God calls “Holy” in the Bible – is the 7th Day. Yep. Not a person, not a tree, not the ground, not the clouds, stars, constellations, or even the Mountain where Christ would be crucified (because God knew where it was even then). It reads:
Genesis 2:2 By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all his work. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it He rested from all the work of creating that He had done.
The first holy thing in the Bible was a length of time – one day. I believe God did that on purpose. He called the 7th day Holy because God wanted there to be one day filled with rest from the usual constraints of time.
One of the things we Americans do NOT do well is rest. The average American gets less that 6 hours of sleep when Doctors tell us we need 7-8 hours. The average American works more hours today than ever before. Our time margin is as thin as wire. Is it any wonder we get “wired” with stress, anxiety and ultimately worn out?
The lesson is simple. Make time for Holy time. Get some rest. Take a whole day in which you do nothing that you normally do on the other days. Obviously, go to church, but then spend the entire day not working. It’s hard not to work, I understand. But think about this – God finds it important enough to call 24 hours of one day “Holy.”
I believe when you make a Holy Day you will realize God’s blessings during the other days. You will have more appreciation, more energy, more of a “can do” attitude and ultimately less anxiety because your faith is in sync with God’s ideal for your routine of time.
Hope this helps.