Today’s Tasting: Leviticus 26-27: God told the Israelites to worship Him and obey His commandments. Chapter 26 describes the rewards for obedience and the penalties for disobedience: “1Do not make idols or set up carved images, or sacred pillars, or sculptured stones in your land so you may worship them. I am the Lord your God. 2You must keep my Sabbath days of rest and show reverence for my sanctuary. I am the Lord. … 6I will give you peace in the land, and you will be able to sleep with no cause for fear. I will rid the land of wild animals and keep your enemies out of your land. … 9I will look favorably upon you, making you fertile and multiplying your people. And I will fulfill my covenant with you. … 11I will live among you, and I will not despise you. 12I will walk among you; I will be your God, and you will be my people. … 14However, if you do not listen to me or obey all these commands, 15and if you break my covenant by rejecting my decrees, treating my regulations with contempt, and refusing to obey my commands, 16I will punish you. … 17I will turn against you, and you will be defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you will rule over you, and you will run even when no one is chasing you!
Today’s Nourishment: If you have ever been the caregiver for a child that you love and desire to protect then you will understand why it’s necessary to set limits on the child’s behavior as well as consequences for disobedience. In the same way, God loves us and desires to both provide for and protect us. But we have to do our part. From Genesis to Revelation in the Word of God, there are two recurring commands, one, put God first, and two, love God with everything that you have. God’s commands are simple and do not change. When we follow them, He blesses us. When we neglect them, there are consequences. We must remember that we are always able to choose—to follow God’s commandments or to ignore them. Yet His love remains constant and, because His love is unending, we always have access to the blessings that God provides when we operate in His ways. Will we fail? Yes, we all fall short at times and display attitudes, behaviors, or actions that God is not pleased with. But it’s important to remember that when we do God is willing to forgive us so we can move on. Can we succeed? Yes, we can embrace what God has for us through His word and instruction so that the promises become real in our lives. Instead of being ashamed because of our sin we can turn to Him and accept His gift of grace. When we put God first everything else in our lives will fall into place and His blessings show up in our lives.
Lord, please help me to remember your ways and allow you to guide all of my steps. Keep me in your will and bring others into my life to assist me in doing things your way. Give me strength to endure when I fall short and grant me the opportunity to rejoice when I honor you. Most of all, allow me the grace to keep you first in everything I think, say, and do. Amen.
Tomorrow’s Delight: Numbers 1-2
Sonyita S. Connor-Clemons
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