Today’s Tasting: Leviticus 22-23: “Work six days. The seventh day is a Sabbath, a day of total and complete rest, a sacred assembly. Don’t do any work. Wherever you live, it is a Sabbath to God. … When you reap the harvest of your land, don’t reap the corners of your field or gather the gleanings. Leave them for the poor and the foreigners. I am God, your God” (Leviticus 23:6, 22).
Today’s Nourishment: What happens to our lives when we forget the lessons of the past? The answer is that we become destined to repeat them or retrace the steps that led us there in the first place.
As you read through your Bible you will find the children of Israel repeating mistakes, receiving new instructions, and getting special attention from God. Today we read through many of God’s instructions to the people of Israel. The two that stood out for me were God’s instructions to take care of the poor and to rest.
As we live lives that please God, it is important to remember the things that touch His heart. Operating in love is a commandment that we need to keep and practice. We can remember those who are less fortunate than us and assist them in finding their way. When we do this we show them God’s love—the same love that keeps, guides, and provides for us and is available to them. We may never know the one kind word or touch that makes a difference in the life of another person.
The second thought is God’s divine knowledge of our need to rest. Yes, we must work, take care of our children, encourage our husbands, care for our parents, serve in our communities, and keep ourselves through prayer. However, in the midst of all of this activity, it is important to remember that taking a break, taking time to rest is what will allow us to keep our hearts and minds aligned with God’s principles. Resting enables us to have something to give to each person God sends into our care.
Will you remember to set time aside to rest and to fortify yourself for the tasks that lie ahead? How will you take time to care for those who are less fortunate and in need of the love that God commands us to share?
Tomorrow’s Delight: Leviticus 24-25
Sonyita S. Connor-Clemons
Twitter: @sonyitais & @mastermoneymgmt
Tammy Bradley says
Good word Sonyita, I believe it is so important that we are operating out of love as you said. Yes when we show love to the less fortunate, God’s love shines through. 1John 3:17-18 says- But whoever has this worlds goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. We can’t just talk it we must walk it. The world is looking for truth. Father, I pray that in each day we look for those opportunities to let our light shine for you. May our conduct, our actions, and our words reflect you in all that we do that others will be drawn to you, in your precious name, Amen!!!
Carolyn Marlowe says
Sonyita, “Take care of the poor and rest” captivated my attention. Thanks for this reminder.
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Jacinta Hampton says
Sonyita, thank you for two very important reminders. I think sometimes we forget just how important the day of rest(Sabbath)is, even more, how important it is to God that we rest. I find the older I get, taking care of the poor really has become more important to me, not that it hasn’t always been, it’s just now that I’m older, I see just how much they are important to God, therefore, they should be important to me. Thanks so much for the good word and great reminder.