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
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