I am currently in a hard battle. There is this job that I really like and I am sure to have it but there is sure to be a problem with keeping Sabbath holy? I may work on Saturdays on the morning. But I really like it.
I'll be working with foreigners and it will be hard to explain them my principles. If you have testimonies to strengthen me, please I need. Thank you.
God first the rest follows... no matter how attractive it seems , God must always be number one...Sabbath being a day of rest from sun set to sun set...Thats my thinking...
Thank you wise brother
Some jobs like my wife does is aged care nurse aid, and she loves to witness, even on Sabbath days...
It's the attitude towards God and His special day, that is the most important thing in your life...
Miracles like Vincent's is a true witness that God does take care of His own...
Some of us who work in aged care for example, do so to serve and continue the elderly needs, feeding, washing and keeping them clean....the money earned that day depends upon your own soul, as for me, I give such to a favourite charity, a SDA independent ministry funded project for beaten women to run to away from husbands who abuse them...secret location, such projects like this regularly need support to house them all....
In all my own jobs, I remember working only one Sabbath on a rostered day, the best Sabbath I ever kept, alone at work on my own.... so being near God is what makes the day holy and special....
being aware of His presence hourly is more important than merely ceasing business work for a 24 hour period...it's the attitude of the heart that matters...not the letters of the torah (law)
My brother, a Pastor also worked too hard on Sabbath, and I had to remind him of a torah rule, Jesus spoke to his pastors under training, Come away and rest awhile.... even on Sabbath one can get too stressed by people...
Spend time with GOD alone in the desert, is a organized place of you and His power, meditate upon His name
Happy Sabbath all
All emergency services are exempt from violating the Sabbath, as you are doing good on the Sabbath. However, I believe the money earned should be put back into the Church.
Thank you for this testimony, this helps me to bear in mind that God knows and cares about me. I am still searching for the way God can lead me because there are so many problems when we work for other people or institutions that are non-adventist and non-believer. Anyway, all I know is that God is good.
Yes The Devil has many ways of leading us away from God's commandments. I know a brother that lost his job some weeks ago. He was approached by his former employer that he could have his job back as long as he agree to work on the Sabbath. I am glad to say he did not take the offer. He is still looking for work, he says he will not break God's commandments Because God has promised to take care of him. Job has a few words to let us know our conduct:
Job 13:7 Will ye speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully for him? 8 Will ye accept his person? will ye contend for God 9 Is it good that he should search you out? or as one man mocketh another, do ye so mock him? 10 He will surely reprove you, if ye do secretly accept persons. 11 Shall not his excellency make you afraid? and his dread fall upon you? 12 Your remembrances are like unto ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay. 13 Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what will. 14 Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in mine hand? 15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. :16 He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him. 17 Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your ears. 18 Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified. 19 Who is he that will plead with me? for now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the ghost. 20 Only do not two things unto me: then will I not hide myself from thee. 21 Withdraw thine hand far from me: and let not thy dread make me afraid. 22 Then call thou, and I will answer: or let me speak, and answer thou me. 23 How many are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin. 24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and holdest me for thine enemy? 25 Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro? and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble? 26 For thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth. 27 Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and lookest narrowly unto all my paths; thou settest a print upon the heels of my feet. 28 And he, as a rotten thing, consumeth, as a garment that is moth eaten.
We see fist how Job is rebuking his friends then we see how he pleads with God to tell him where he has transgressed, because Job could not see where he did commit a sin. As we know is that God and the Devil was using Job as a test of Loyalty. We know Loyalty is one of the Most Cherished attributes we can offer to God.
Thank you Elijah
I find it best to always be right up front about being a Sabbath keeper in the job interview itself. If the employer is not willing to give you Sabbath off, he or she will say so right away. If not, God is more important than that one job. When I was still studying with my wife and her Pastor, I was unemployed at one point. I went for an interview for a job working in a store at a mall. I tried to talk about the Sabbath as best I could and the man said "Saturdays are my busiest day. I want my best people here then. It's a fact of life." I didn't take the job and I am glad I didn't.
The job I did get was as a waiter in a fancy restaurant. For a year they let me have Sabbath off and then asked me to work. By that time I was an Adventist. My wife and I had applied to go to another country and do mission work. When I worked one Sabbath, the letter we sent off got lost in the mail and we never heard from the ministry we were supposed to work for. I realized I had failed the test and never worked another Sabbath again.
About a year after that I became a house painter. One thing I have found over the years is that in the world of tradesmen jobs like carpentry, plumbing, painting things like that; there is no politics. If you can do the job, you've got a job for life. Even if they hate you they won't fire you as long as you produce quality work fast enough that they can make money off of your services. You can also work for yourself much easier and it's a great profession to be a Sabbath keeper in. The culture here in Canada is that people move from employer to employer often in the trades so whenever I did work for a boss who wanted me to work on Sabbath I could easily get another job if he wouldn't support me.
Put God first and He will give you a job that really does work for you. Don't even consider a job that asks you to work Sabbath unless you have Bible or Ellen White evidence it is really a necessary thing to do. Jesus healed on Sabbath so many Adventists work in medicine. Ellen White did talk about how the cafeterias in our colleges need to be open on Sabbath so people can eat, but our restaurants that sell to the public don't have to be.
I hope this advice helps you.