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Rest, Release, Rejoice

Rest, Release, Rejoice

15 February 2010

Today’s Reading: Leviticus 25; Psalm 25-26; Acts 22

Scripture:

4 But the seventh year the land will take a Sabbath of complete and total rest, a Sabbath to God; you will not sow your fields or prune your vineyards. 10 Sanctify the fiftieth year; make it a holy year. Proclaim freedom all over the land to everyone who lives in it—a Jubilee for you: Each person will go back to his family’s property and reunite with his extended family. (Leviticus 25:4, 10 MSG)

Here’s how Moses spelled it out for the people of Israel:

• Every seventh day was the Sabbath Day of rest for God’s people. No work. Take a break. Rejoice in what God has provided for you. Trust God.
• Every seventh year was a year of Sabbath rest for God’s people and for their land. No work. Take a break. Rejoice in what God has provided for you. Trust God.
• Every fiftieth year was a year of Jubilee for the nation. Return every piece of property to its inheritor. Set every person free from bondage. Rejoice in what God has provided for you. Trust God.

I know there is much more to the laws of Sabbath and Jubilee – much that has spiritual application in Christ’s redeeming sacrifice for sin, and in salvation through God’s grace and not our works. But this morning, the laws of Sabbath and Jubilee speak this simple message to me:
• Take a break. Enjoy what God has provided. Trust God.
• Take a break. Release your death grip on possessions, positions, and achievements.
• Take a Break. Release from judgment anyone who has wronged you. Trust God.
• Take a break. Rejoice in what God has given you and trust him for all you need.

Contentment is not found in having what you want, but in wanting what you have.

Prayer:

Father, Help me to learn to take a break and let it go and trust you. I want to learn these things through your simple instruction and admonition and not through painful crisis and loss. Today I thank you for my family, my friends, my purpose. I rejoice in your provision and protection. I release those who “owe me.” I trust you for today’s provision and for tomorrow’s unknowns. Amen.

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