READING: Leviticus 23-25
“So Moses declared the Lord’s appointed times to the Israelites.”
This devotion will be simple, and that’s intentional.
The Lord had much to say to the Hebrews about festivals they were to celebrate, with particular focus on the Sabbath. The details and directions were many. What most captures my attention today, however, are two simple sentences. The first one is, “The Lord spoke to Moses: 'Tell the Israelites . . .’” (Lev. 23:23-24). As had been the case, Moses would be God’s spokesman to the people, and God had a message for him to relay to them.
The second verse is a fulfillment of God’s command to Moses: “So Moses declared the Lord’s appointed times to the Israelites” (Lev. 23:44).
God told Moses to do something, and Moses did it.
God gave a command, and His spokesperson obeyed.
God spoke, and that’s all that mattered. The only response of His follower was to do whatever He said.
God says it, so we do it.
Somehow, the simplicity of these words is also convicting. God has told us much that we must do—e.g., we must love one another (John 13:34-35), pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17), think on good things (Phil. 4:8), and have no other gods before Him (Exo. 20:3). Our only acceptable response is to do whatever God says.
It’s really that simple.
- What is it that you know you must do, but haven’t done it yet? Decide to do it today.
- Pray that your life will reflect complete obedience from this day forward.
PRAYER: “Father, I want to do anything and everything You command me to do.”
TOMORROW’S READING: Leviticus 26-27, Numbers 1-2