“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” Exodus 20:8-11
Tomorrow is our first Lord’s Day where we are unable to hold public worship services. If anyone is like me over the last couple of weeks you may find yourself becoming somewhat of a news junkie. Whether it is watching things unfold and the updates on television or through news sources on the internet or even the stories and rumors on Facebook and other forms of social media.
We live in a world where a lot of things regarding normal life seem to be winding down regarding employment for many and social gatherings, but we are still bombarded by information.
I encourage you tomorrow as we celebrate the Lord’s Day and seek to honor the Sabbath that God has given to us for our good, to unplug from news sources. Turn off the television set. Stay away from news on the internet either on your computer or on your phone. Avoid all of the discussions on Facebook. I guarantee you in 24 hours you will not miss much. In fact, you will probably feel more peaceful and rested and focused.
As we seek to honor the Sabbath in the public and private exercises of the worship of God we can’t do a lot of public things. But you can read your Bible. You can pray. You can sing unto the Lord. You can take a walk and enjoy God’s creation.
And one exception to trying to avoid media, especially the news; join us for worship on Facebook live tomorrow at 11am and 6pm. Let us, though apart, worship the Lord and give Him praise for He alone is worthy.