‘Do no regular work … ‘ ~ Leviticus 23:25The life of the nation of Israel was regulated by important religious festivals appointed by God himself. The Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, The Firstfruits, The Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), The Feasts of Trumpets, The Day of Atonement and the Feasts of Tabernacles (Booths/Ingathering) were ordained and stipulated by God. Special instructions were given regarding the celebrations. Sacrifices, grain and drink offerings were to be made.
But the most important feature among them is the observance of a day of rest. God repeatedly told them, ‘Do no regular work.’ The main purpose was to take time to remember Israel’s deliverance from Egypt, express thanks to God for the bountiful harvest, give thanks and praise to God for his favour in blessing the land to be productive, seek God’s favour, atone for the sins of the priests and the people and purify the Holy Place, memorialize their journey from Egypt to Canaan.
This must have been difficult, for ever since Adam sinned and incurred the curse from God that man would have to sweat it out in order to eat the fruit of his labour, a man’s work gained immense importance. His sense of security and wellness came from how well he worked and saved up for the bad days. Our times are no different from yesteryear. We all struggle with working overtime or giving premium to our work, and failing to give time for God, by either reading his word or listening to his voice in solitude. Out of the 365 days that God gives us, he expects us to set aside some days when we can just be alone with him and get to know him more, seek his favour, recollect all his faithful acts and kind deeds and express thanks and praise. Failing to do so will leave the next generation with no footprints of faith to track down and follow. Unless we stop and consider what the Lord has done, and share it with those entrusted in our lives, faith will remain as a notion and devotion to God will soon be forgotten.
With the new year yet to unfold in the following months, mark your calender with ‘Time for God Alone’ and see what you’ll discover!
Prayer – “Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me the gift of life and your faithfulness in years gone by. Help me draw near to you and desire to grow more closer to you by setting apart time for solitude with you. Amen.”
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