Adam’s Devotional – August 1-7, 2019

From Adam…

A being is free insofar as it can limit itself.  That’s what the famous theologian, Karl Barth says we find out about God on the 7th day of creation. God reveals that God can stop. God can rest. If you can’t stop doing something, you’re not free. Not being able to stop or limit your actions is closer to addiction than freedom. That’s why God’s freedom is revealed in God’s choice to rest on the 7th day. It’s weird to think about God being free. But one of the most profound realities about God is that God doesn’t have to be with us. God freely chooses to be God with us. In Exodus 20 when we hear the 4th commandment for the first time, we read, “Remember the Sabbath, and keep it holy” because God rested on the 7th day of creation. Our reason for resting is God’s choice to rest with us way back when this whole thing started. God invites us into a life that is free for relationship: relationship with God, relationship with ourselves, and relationship with each other.  Sometimes we define freedom as being able to do whatever we want. But a better definition of freedom would be being able to not do whatever we want. That’s what sabbath invites us into. We are truly free when we can say yes to less: less busyness, less stuff, less FOMO, less comparison, etc. The irony is that more often than not, when we say “yes” to less of the immediate thing we want, we are saying “yes” to more of God.  More of God means more of becoming ourselves. And more becoming ourselves means a greater capacity to be with others in relationship. God’s up to something . . . rest a part of it.

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