My mom has said that as soon as she gets the answer, the question changes. More and more I appreciate her wisdom. Life has thrown "questions" my way over the last month or so. You would have found me just merrily traveling along and then..... life happened. So here I uncomfortably sit wanting to write but not ready to share. Have you ever been there? When you are a writer, you want to write, usually. Yet I have just been unable to gather my thoughts. Is this what they call "writers block"? One of the ways to move forward, I believe, is to just write. In my last post, I talked about discussing ways to overcome fear. Do you mind if we put that one off for a bit? Thank you friends.
Let's talk about some good things the Holy Spirit has been showing me in the Bible. One of my goals for the year has been to read through the Bible. With the YouVersion app on my phone, it is so much easier. My reading plan is available wherever I find myself. It is so satisfying to know because you know that you have read every word. Personally, I like the chronological version best. It throws a random chapter or book in there sometimes and I like that.
Confession time, when I heard Beth Moore say her pastor calls Leviticus the "graveyard" of reading the Bible through in a year, I get that. During that few days, I often thought "why in the world should I know all of this? I kept telling myself, there are important truths here. Dig them out! As I look back over the past week or so, I wondered what I could learn from this book and to my surprise, I discovered 12 things that I believe God wants us to understand and remember.
So, here's my list. Feel free to post a comment with some of the things you believe the book of Leviticus has taught you.
A number 13 could be added. NEVER just read over a book in the Bible and assume there is nothing there for you. If He included it, it's important.
- God is a jealous God. He told us that and He meant it. Get rid of the idols.
- God is very into obedience. It is of prime importance to Him.
- God has placed boundaries in our lives for our own protection. They offer us peace, health, and freedom.
- God offers opportunities for redemption and restoration along with the rules. (He knows us well.)
- When you refuse to take the aforementioned opportunities, He is firm with the consequences.
- He expects our tithes and offerings to be our best. If not, why even give them.
- God expects us to provide very well for our pastors.
- Leviticus reminds me how badly I needed for Jesus to give His life for me. I desperately needed a Savior! I could never keep all those rules. I told my husband just recently that I am convinced I would have been slain or swallowed up early in the journey!
- With obedience, comes blessings. Blessings overflowing!
- God really likes for us to celebrate. Think of all those festivals!
- He expects His children to look, act, BE different for the world. We should be readily identifiable with Him.
- The God of the universe, the great I AM, our King, wants a relationship above all else with us!!!
Until we visit again,