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A man drove toward a narrow covered bridge in his car and noticed a sign that said, “Yield to oncoming traffic.” He slowed down and looked across the bridge. Since no one was coming from the other direction he proceeded. Later in the day he came to the same bridge, now from the opposite direction. He noticed a sign on this side of the bridge as well. It read, “Yield to oncoming traffic.” He thought, “Isn’t that what it said on the other side of the bridge?” When he crossed and looked over his shoulder, he discovered the same instruction was given on each side. “What a gracious way to encourage motorists to think of others,” he mused as he traveled on. “Yield to oncoming traffic. That’s a good sign, not just on the road, but in relationships.”

Signs are important on the road. They help traffic to flow smoothly and prevent accidents. They are also helpful when your fuel tank is low and you are wondering if the exit ahead has a gas station. Hikers in the mountains find signs to guide them in the right direction, sometimes saving their lives when they are lost. Signs are especially important in emergency situations where you may need to quickly find a hospital.


Sometimes signs are not mounted on posts beside the road or pathway, they are fixed to a person themselves. A sports fan has a badge on his hat that lets you know he is a “Cowboys” fan. A woman walking past you in a store wears a lapel pin that reads “Assistant Manager.” Even the telltale white coat in a hospital with a stethoscope draped around the neck is an indicator that you’re probably seeing a physician and not the janitor.

God believes in signs. In fact, the Lord has given us a sign to indicate several things. It’s called the Sabbath. Notice this Bible verse: “Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: ‘Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you’” (Exodus 31:13). Elsewhere the Sabbath is a sign “that you might know that I am the Lord your God” (Ezekiel 20:20).

Keeping the Sabbath is a sign that we cannot fix ourselves, we need help. Christians cannot, by their own works, make themselves good or holy. Sabbath (which literally means “rest”) is our way of saying, “Lord, only by your power can my life change. Thanks for the weekly reminder to stop and remember Your work for me.” Sabbath is a sign of grace. It’s like a sign at a bridge crossing that says, “Yield your life to God.” That’s a good sign to follow before proceeding on the road to heaven.

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By Curtis Rittenour. Copyright © 2013 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW KING JAMES VERSION © 1982.

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