Q. I am new to keeping the Sabbath and Yahweh's Holy Days. I have to work to take care of my family and my boss doesn't allow me to to take off all the time. Should I quit my job to follow the Feast Days?
A. The question of honoring Yahweh's Sabbath's and Holy Days is one I've personally dealt with from both sides of the table, as an employer and especially as an employee. Yes, we are commanded to keep the Holy Days. You will find a complete summary of these days in Leviticus chapter 23. You will notice in verse 2 and 4, "These are the feasts of Yahweh which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations". It is useful to also notice that these are not the feasts of Israel or of the Jews. We observe and honor Yahweh's feast days and Sabbath's as a physical and spiritual demonstration of our love for Him along with our love for our brothers and sisters (Jo 14:15, Jo 15:5-17).
Following are some principles that I've found to be effective when dealing with this question:
1. Approach your employer with courage and humility. Humility is often the difference of ones success or failure while discussing this topic with your employer. Ask and you shall receive (Pro 15:33, Matt 21:22).
2. Use wisdom when communicating with your employer. A sound principle is to "be wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove" (Matt 10:16).
3. Ask Yahweh's direction and purpose to be manifest through you. Your light and example of surrender is like a shining beacon on a hill (Matt 5:16).
4. Have complete faith in Yahshua for the outcome. He is the only One we give honor and glory to (Eph 4:4-7).
5. If practical, offer to trade days off with your co-workers. Often times there is a need for someone to work on Sunday or one of the secular holidays. Volunteer to work the least desirable shift and offer to take time off without pay. Be flexible to work any other time or shift.
6. Ask Yahweh, in prayer, for the guidance to find the truth and the faith to exercise it (Ps 145:18, Jo 8:32). Pray, pray, pray and then pray some more (1 Thes 5:17).
7. Develop a pure heart through your obedience to Yahweh and make sure this decision is solely yours in faith and love (Matt 5:8, 1 Tim 1:5).
In some cases, in order to demonstrate a persons sincerity, it may be useful to present the employer with a formal absence request. Should you need to provide your employer a formal statement, please let us know and we will be happy to send an "Excused Absence" signed form copy to your mailing address.
Ultimately, Yahweh provides for His people…those who humbly submit to Him.