God of peace, I rest in the reality of the finished work of Christ. Thank You for this indescribable gift.
Are you honoring the principles of Sabbath?
God knows how we are made and he knows what is good for us. However, it can be easy to overlook God's blessings or take them for granted. God ensured that the Israelites received what they needed and also honored him for the grace of his provision.
The weekly Sabbath (3) provided both regular rest and a specific time to honor God in day-to-day life, two things key to their (and our) well-being. God also knows that we can be very quick to forget what he has done for us. So there were specific occasions (4-8) for the Israelites to celebrate and reflect on the history of God's goodness and provision in their past. This ensured that they did not forget the incredible miracles and deliverance God had given to them, and it renewed their faith for the future.
Of course, God's goodness and provision is not simply historical, but is ongoing in daily life and work. So an annual feast day celebrating each year's harvest (9-14) ensured that the people could regularly give the best of themselves and the first of all God had given to them.
Are you allowing yourself proper rest and renewal in God? How can you bring God your very best?
Father, I consider all Your goodness to me. Thank You for Your abundant love.
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