Bible Study

And On the Seventh Day

A few days ago I had a thought when I read the verse, “…Everyone is to stay home and rest on the Sabbath. And so they rested on the Sabbath.” *

I’m not a “letter of the law” kind of person but because I know that God’s days are not like my days* and I’m pretty sure not the Jewish calendar or even some other current religions, my mind began asking, “What day is the Sabbath then?”

I’m not a scholar and this is not about the actual question really. What I asked was personal and, in my Spirit, there was a whisper, “When God asks us to rest on the “sabbath” he doesn’t always mean Sunday. Your Father wants you to know that all thing have a season* and that we should be aware and take the rest.” 

Once I began to apply this to my own life I learned a few things, sometimes with guilt but usually more with mirth. No, daily contacts should NOT be worn every day, Dee. Yes, you should rest on Sunday if that’s your only day but Wednesday will do if that’s all you have. And you should definitely, regularly, rest from Facebook, phone games or whatever else keeps you from doing other things regularly (like reading your bible, calling your mom or even taking a nap if your body is screaming for one).

Even fields need a rest from being productive and the earth takes a break from growing in the winter. When God created His world it was a surrender of His time, love and creativity. Even so, (and maybe because of that) He did what needed to be done and then sat back resting so that He could give us His all again another day.

So, here’s the takeaway I’m sharing with you. Take a break from being a daily married couple and go on that date with hubby once a week! Stop being a mom every day and go out for coffee with that friend once a month. In fact, stop cleaning up after everyone and sit on the floor with your children and their puzzles regularly. Obey the Sabbath by small investments in “your world” also, giving rest in the areas necessary to give your all another day.

*Scriptures used or referred to: II Peter 3:8, Genesis 2:2, Exodus 16:30, Exodus 20:8, Ecclesiastes 3:1

Bible Study · Thoughts

Casting All Your Cares

I have often dropped to my knees to ask, “Why?” I have poured out my heart pleading with God to change the outcome, fix the problem, correct the other person, make the pain go away. I am a child begging my daddy to fix the boo-boo!

But sometimes I am quite comfortable with my spiritual infancy and I know my Father in Heaven does not think that’s a bad thing. We are told often in scriptures of His concern for us.  He tells us to, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you,” and that, “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.”

However, over time I have learned that it helps if I approach every heartache prayer with a different agenda.  If I ask, not that God change the outcome that He already, in perfect wisdom, thoroughly understands but that He intervene in my own limited perception and inability to process, my relationship with God changes dramatically. I stop treating every situation as another example of God’s lack of concern for me personally and, instead, I see Him for the Father and loving partner that He is!

Acknowledging my Father’s ability to see a future I can never dream of, the heart of someone I will never know, the direction of both my bad choices and my good, or the perfectness of something I can’t fathom as acceptable is the first step in my infancy and in my spiritual adulthood. Only by acknowledging his divinity will I be able to stop crying out, “God, why don’t you care about what’s happening?”

Instead I can say, “Father, help me to see your hand in this and deal appropriately with it.  Help me to know what to pray for!”

 

Scriptures used:

1 Peter 5:7 , Psalm 103:13

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Bible Study

Esau’s Regret

I’ve had many regrets in my life (haven’t we all?) so stumbling across this scripture in Hebrews caught my eye. But it wasn’t just the regret part that made me stop, reread it, and write it down. It was the question in my heart that said, “Have I ever been close to Esau’s regret?”

If you don’t know the story, it’s from Genesis in the Old Testament. The story is that Jacob and Esau were twins but Esau was born first so he was the heir of his father’s inheritance. Cool right?

Well, Esau (his father’s favorite by the way) became a great hunter and Jacob, (momma’s boy) content to stay at home among the tents, evidently made a pretty  mean stew. So, one day Esau comes home from hunting and hungry, asks Jacob for some stew. “I’m famished!” he says. And compassionate brother that he is, Jacob says,
“First sell me your birthright.”

Not even wondering what’s up Esau says something brilliant, “Look, I am about to die. What good is the birthright to me?

There…right there…did you see yourself? I did. I saw every time I ever thought I was going to die if I didn’t get what I thought I needed. I saw every time I denied my birthright, as a daughter of a King, because something else got in the way and I could not control my appetites.

I knew this story.  Evidently so did the first Christians.  In Hebrews 12:16-17 Paul tells them, “See that no one is…godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.

And here was what made me swallow hard, “Even though he sought the blessing with tears he could not change what he had done.

Prayer: Oh my Father, let me not ever have Esau’s regret! In Jesus’ name may I never value anything I want over my inheritance in your kingdom so that my tears are also for nothing! Amen