Memory Aids

Michael Wittmer

READ : Deuteronomy 5:12-15

Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there . . . therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the sabbath day. (v. 15)

What do these have in common: a calendar, string tied around a finger, and the Sabbath? They are reminders. A calendar previews appointments and anniversaries, knotted thread evokes some important task, and the Christian Sabbath recalls the most significant memory of all: our deliverance from the slavery of sin.

In a sermon on today’s passage, John Calvin declared that the Sabbath “must serve us for a tower to mount up into, to view God’s works afar off . . . that we may employ all our wits to consider the benefits and gracious gifts that he has bestowed upon us.” If we use our day of rest for this purpose, Calvin suggests that our hearts will overflow with gratitude throughout the week. If we do not, we will “play the beasts all the week after.”

The Sabbath is God’s gift, a day of rest to survey the terrain of our lives and remember how good God has been to us. Feeling weary and worn-out? Your answer does not begin today. It is today. May this day of rest and reflection refresh you in the Lord.


Father, today I rest in the cradle of your grace.