Call to reflection
God designed His calendar to give Israel at least one day every week to rest and reflect on their lives in relationship to God. Today like then we are so busy we rarely take the time God has given us. As a result, we like Israel find ourselves moving farther and farther way from Him.
It is good for a man to bear
The yoke in his youth.
Let him sit alone and keep silent,
Because God has laid it on him;
Let him put his mouth in the dust—
There may yet be hope.
Let him give his cheek to the one who strikes him,
And be full of reproach.
For the Lord will not cast off forever.
Though He causes grief,
Yet He will show compassion
According to the multitude of His mercies.
For He does not afflict willingly,
Nor grieve the children of men.