Neh. 8:10 Nehemiah continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of choice foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before the LORD. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the LORD is your strength!”
Do you have a sacred day? Do you have a day set aside in which you set aside the normal routines of your life and focus on the Lord? Do you gather with other believers for worship, edification, and fellowship? And if you have such a day, what difference is it making in your life?
A sacred day is essential for the life of our souls. God makes it clear that we are to have a day of rest and renewal. He instructs us to set aside a day where He is the focus of it. It is a day in which we are to rest from our labors. It is a day whereby we are to learn from Him and let Him grow us stronger in faith. It is a day when we are to gather with other like-minded believers for our common good and worship. It is a day that we are not to treat lightly. It is our meeting day with God.
We have gotten farther and farther away from embracing the thought of a sacred day in our lives. We may block out an hour or two of our day for spiritual connection and renewal, but that is about it. Most will resume their normal work week activities as soon as they have “fulfilled their Christian duty.” Many have gotten the idea that we are doing God a favor by giving Him a part of our day.
We should never come to the close of our sacred day so tired that we dread the start of a new week. We need time in our lives for renewal and restoration. We need quality and quantity time with the Lord. We not only hurt ourselves, but we hurt the cause of Christ when we fail to let Him direct the activities of our sacred day. A worn out and weary soul will stumble and fall under the heavy load of living.