I want to keep the Sabbath, but work is not letting me. What do I do?


By BibleAsk Team

God’s Blessings for Sabbath Keepers

The Lord promised great spiritual and material blessings for those that don’t work on the Sabbath but rather keep His day holy. The Lord said, “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable, and shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words, then you shall delight yourself in the Lord; and I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the Lord has spoken” (Isaiah 58:13,14).

Seek First the Kingdom of God

The Creator tests His children to see if they love Him above all other things. And when they choose Him, He becomes responsible to provide all the grace and power necessary to help them.  He will also provide a way out of the trial. For “God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

And when they put God first in their lives, then He will provide for all their needs: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). The believers need to choose to obey God first so that the Lord may work in their lives.

Joshua 24:15 says the following, “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

Practical Advice for Your Work Situation

  1. Know that according to Title V11 of the Civil Rights Act and the guidelines of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the United States of America employers may not discriminate based on an employee’s religious beliefs. Title VII prohibits employers from hiring, promoting, or firing, based on an employee’s religion. The law also requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for their employees whose religious beliefs conflict with workplace rules unless doing so would create undue hardship.
  2. Show flexibility and willingness to work on other days, holidays and to make up for the hours you lost on the Sabbath.
  3. Go every day but take the Sabbath off.
  4. Don’t leave your job. You can’t collect unemployment compensation if you quit. Let them lay you off if they choose too. This way you will have the funds needed to look for another job if they did that.

Have faith in God for He is faithful to His promises. Blessings are promised to those who enter wholeheartedly into the spirit of the Sabbath. If we do our part faithfully, if we make the kingdom of heaven first in our thoughts and lives, God will take care of us on our walk through life. He will graciously “anoint” our heads with oil , and our cup will overflow with good things (Psalm 23:6).

For more on the Sabbath, please check (Lessons 91-102) of the Bible Lessons.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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