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35 Rest Quotes for Sabbath Day Meditation

MsDora, a former teacher and Christian counselor, presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

Rest Quotes for Sabbath Meditation

Rest Quotes for Sabbath Meditation

The principle of Sabbath rest came from God, who according to the Genesis account, worked for six days and rested on the seventh. There must have been reasons other than physical for His rest, because “He never grows weak or weary.” (Isaiah 40:28 NLT).

The New Testament declaration that the Sabbath was made for man (Mark 2: 27) was Jesus’ response to the complaint that His disciples were refusing to rest. They were picking corn to eat, and Jesus advised that appeasing hunger was a lawful Sabbath day activity. God blessed and made holy the Sabbath day to help us improve our lives, not to trap us into legalism.

The following 35 quotes remind us that Sabbath observance provides time not only for the physical rest which the workday schedule disallows, but also for mental and spiritual renewal, family togetherness, and focus on matters of eternal value. Let's appreciate and meditate on the many benefits of Sabbath rest.

Physical Rest

1. "No matter how hard we try, we don’t have the capacity to work seven days a week. We need to take this time [Sabbath] to rejuvenate." Dan Buettner

2. "Work is a blessing. God has so arranged the world that work is necessary ... It is the joy of work well done that enables us to enjoy rest." —Elisabeth Elliot

3. "When we cease from pursuing our material goals for one day each week, we’re saying, ‘God, I trust You to … provide for my needs seven days a week even if I only work for six of them.’" —Robert Shaw

4. "Like the Sabbath, the week originated at creation … Six days were employed in the work of creation; upon the seventh, God rested, and he then blessed this day, and set it apart as a day of rest for man." —Ellen White

5. "The seventh day, as hallowed by God in Eden, was not Jewish, but divine; it was not the memorial of the flight of Israel from Egypt, but of the Creator's rest." —J. N. Andrews

6. "A day of rest yields a hundred days of progress." —Adrienne Posey

7. I find my thoughts drifting to the Sabbath, the day of rest, the seventh day of the week … when one can feel that one’s work is done, and one may, in good conscience, rest. —Oliver Sacks

8. "One day a week I seek to rest from earthly toil and sorrow. Revitalized, I find the strength to battle new tomorrows." —Richelle E. Goodrich

9. "Sabbath ... is still a gift to us today. If you are weary, worn out, and exhausted the concept of Sabbath will change your life." —Priscilla Shirer

The Sabbath God’s way to set us free from worry and anxiety.

The Sabbath God’s way to set us free from worry and anxiety.

Mental Freedom

10. "Keeping the Sabbath teaches us to trust God and enjoy Him…It’s God’s way to set us free from worry and anxiety, ambition and adrenaline, self-importance and anger, even loneliness." —Bill Gaultiere

11. "Sabbath is the celebration of life beyond and outside productivity." —Walter Brueggemann

12. "Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us." —Maya Angelou

13. "If we only stop when we are finished with all our work, we will never stop, because our work is never completely done... Sabbath ... liberates us from the need to be finished." —Wayne Muller

14. "The Sabbath commandment included: “Remember that you were a slave” (Deuteronomy 5:15). This makes the Sabbath a celebration of freedom—and a reminder to not oppress others." —Mike Bennett

15. "The Sabbath is a day to let go, to stop trying to control people and situations…to respond to him rather than depending on your own abilities to make things happen." —Bill Gaultiere

16. "While observing the Sabbath, Seventh-day Adventists surround themselves with others in their church. This socialization helps relieve stress." —Forever Young

17. "A world without a Sabbath would be like a man without a smile, like a summer without flowers ... It is the joyous day of the whole week." —Henry Ward Beecher

18. "As tensions continue to mount in contemporary society, the traditional Sabbath that requires an all-but-total separation from work-a-day tasks and concerns and worry, becomes a … precious resource for life." —Daniel Gordis

Spiritual Blessings

19. "God never intended that the Sabbath should be a burden to any one, but rather a blessing; and he will now make it such to all who honor him in its observance." —Ellen White

20. "Truly, sacred rest is soul care. We honor quiet time alone with God. We intentionally step away from the chaos of life. We unplug from noise and distractions. We relish moments of tranquility." —Dana Arcuri

21. "We observe the Sabbath best when we use it for both rest and worship." —Billy Graham

22. "Thank God for the solitude of the Sabbath." —Lailah Gifty Akita

23. "I don’t need a rest from God. What I need is a rest from everything that is not God." —Craig D. Lounsbrough

24. "But just as your body needs sleep, your soul needs time to rest in God." —Craig Groeschel

25. "Sacred rest is not just about sleeping or taking it easy…The purpose is to promote a healthier mindset, attitudes, boundaries, relationships, productivity, and wellness as a whole person; body, mind, and spirit." —Dana Arcuri

26. "When we trust God by taking our hands off our work, what we give up through Sabbath ultimately benefits those around us." —Shelly Miller

27. "Sabbath isn't about resting perfectly; it's about resting in the One who is perfect." Shelly Miller

Sabbath isn't about resting perfectly; it's about resting in the One who is perfect.

Sabbath isn't about resting perfectly; it's about resting in the One who is perfect.

Family Time

28. "One of God’s 10 Commandments actually regulates time—for our benefit and for our children. It’s the Sabbath." —Mike Bennett

29. "The meeting for worship occupy only a part of the Sabbath. The portion remaining to the family may be made the most sacred and precious season of all the Sabbath hours." —Ellen White

30. "The restful nature of this day creates the perfect framework to … worship together, enjoy the beauty and wonder of God’s creation as a family unit." —Sabbath Truth

Bible Affirmations

(from the NIV unless stated otherwise)

31. "Six days you are to do your work, but on the seventh day you shall cease (shabath) from labor in order that your ox and your donkey may rest (nuach) … as well as your stranger, may refresh (naphash) themselves." —Exodus 23:12 (Berean Bible Study)

32. "You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the Lord, who makes you holy." —Exodus 31:13

33. “When the neighboring peoples bring merchandise or grain to sell on the Sabbath, we will not buy from them on the Sabbath or on any holy day." —Nehemiah 10:31

34. "Then they [the women who accompanied Jesus to the cross] went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment." —Luke 23:56

35. "There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God ... Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience." —Hebrews 4: 9, 11

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