Exodus 31:12-18 focuses on God telling Moses to about to tell the Israelites about the importance of the sabbath and it being a sign of the covenant he has with them as his chosen people to represent. With this explanation he reveals himself as Jehovah Mekaddishkem meaning the Lord who sanctifies!
Sanctify means to set apart or make holy. When we accept Christ into our lives, we begin the process of sanctification through Christ. It’s not solely about patrolling our actions because we don’t sanctify ourselves, God does. It is more focused on allowing God to change our hearts and minds to align with his will. The sanctification process may look different for us all, but understand we all are going through it. Every experience we have plays apart in us becoming more like Christ. Even the negative events that draw us away have a tendency to lead us back to God.
Today, make time to thank God for being the one who sanctifies us. He has deemed his children as holy and set apart. Ask him to guide you in the process because awareness often helps us stay committed even when it seems as if we can’t make it. God loves us and only desires his best for us. I’m well aware everyone is not able to stop everything and not work on the sabbath, I’m one of them, but make an effort to understand the importance of it. Meditate on Exodus 31:12-18 and embrace the significance of the sabbath. Rest in God, honor God, and come know him as Jehovah Mekaddishkem.