TGIF

Any plans for the weekend? Maybe you’ll have a beer and steak with friends, or Christmas get-together with the girls, or a stroll late afternoon or whatever you find yourself busy with and enjoying (or what you should find yourself enjoying) – all these things are good. They were created good. See what our disposition should be towards these good things according to Ray Ortlund:

Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.  For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.  1 Timothy 4:1-5

As Francis Schaeffer used to remind us, the devil rarely gives us the luxury of fighting on one front only.  We see a monster in front of us wanting to devour us, and we back away in dread.  But if we’re not careful, we’ll walk right into the jaws of another monster right behind us.  We usually fight on two fronts at once.

Today we fight against materialism, especially the so-called Prosperity Gospel.  But there is also the danger of asceticism, which denies the goodness of God in all things.  This ultra-serious “holiness” is attractive, in a way.  But it is also fraudulent.  It tells an audacious lie about God and about us.

The truth is, everything created by God is good and is to be received gratefully.  This beautiful truth includes marriage and sex and food and mowing the lawn and flying a kite and paying the bills and sharpening a pencil and sitting on the porch in the evening and playing Monopoly with the kids and laughing at hilarious jokes and setting up chairs at church, and on and on and on.  There is so much divine goodness all around.  To push it away, to be above it, would insult our gracious Creator.

Our earthly human existence is where true holiness can thrive.  How?  By thanking the Lord for it moment by moment, and by applying the word of God to it moment by moment.  It is written, “God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good” (Genesis 1:31).

Not ultimate, but good.  Good enough for God.  Good enough for us too.

-Ray Ortlund, Thanksgiving

Rus – die Sabbat

his Sabbath is then kept holy unto the Lord, when men, after a due preparing of their hearts, and ordering of their common affairs beforehand, do not only observe an holy rest all the day from their own works, words, and thoughts about their worldly employments and recreations; but also are taken up the whole time in the public and private exercises of his worship, and in the duties of necessity and mercy.

Westminster Confession

Die Puritans, dit is nou van die eerste Protestante in die 16de en 17de eeu, het geglo dat die Sabbat geheilig moet word, hulle het geglo dis ‘n opdrag van God.

Rus is nodig.

In die tyd waarin ons lewe is die kuns van rus ‘n verlore konsep. Almal is oorwerk en buiten die werk is daar soveel ander verpligtinge. Soos wat ons fisies rus nodig het is dit ook nodig vir ons siele om te rus. Ons kort spirituele rus, soos wat die Puritans die Sabbat gebruik het.

Daar is iets soos jouself oorwerk vir ‘n goeie doel – ‘n statistiek van leiers in die bediening (dis nou “dominees”) in Amerika wys dat 90% van hulle voel oorwerk en 50% van die wat permanent in die bediening ingaan val uit binne vyf jaar.

God wil hê ons moet rus.

Deur die Bybel sien ons die belofte van rus. Die belofte, konsep van rus  is een van vrede, vertroue en afhanklikheid van God. Jesus se woorde resoneer met hierdie gedagte as Hy sê

The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27

Laat jy jouself ‘n dag, selfs ‘n tydjie, toe om spiritueel te rus? As nie, wat is die rede hiervoor?

 

Van Sabbath: Rest is More, Winfield Bevins