“You must distinguigh between what is sacred and what it common, between what is ceremonially unclean and what is clean. And you must teach the Israelites all the decrees that the Lord has given them through Moses.” Leviticus 10:10&11 NLT
The Israelites were set apart to do God’s work. I think on Courtney’s post from March 26. She described Bezalel’s job as Holy Work. This has stayed with me. It has helped me to remember that there is purpose in the seemingly meaningless tasks. The laundry, the dinner, the cleaning…the things that no one sees. Than there are the hidden ugly places of my heart. I don’t always want to do the hard and holy work of letting the Holy Spirit work on these areas. When I do I am more freed up to love and serve.
“Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God, as we have taught you. You live this way already, and we encourage you to do so even more. For you remember what we taught you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. Then people who are not believers will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.” 1 Thessalonians 4:1&2, 11&12 NLT
The Lord has chosen me. It’s easy to get caught up in comparing myself to others. But, this just derails me from my purpose. Sometimes I wish I had a different story, especialy when I’m in the middle of it. And I can’t always see how God is going to use it. But, I know that he will use it for good, if I let him. If I surrender it to him.
“I trust in the Lord for protection. So why do you say to me, “Fly like a bird to the mountains for safety! The wicked are stringing their bows and fitting their arrows on the bowstrings. They shoot from the shadows at those whose hearts are right. The foundations of law and order have collapsed. What can the righteous do?” But the Lord is in his holy Temple; the Lord still rules from heaven. He watches everyone closely, examining every person on earth.” Psalms 11:1-4 NLT
Dear Father, Help me to learn to trust you more. Forgive me for when my heart is far away from you. Give me fresh eyes to see your goodness. Amen.
“The Lord’s promises are pure, like silver refined in a furnace, purified seven times over. Therefore, Lord, we know you will protect the oppressed, preserving them forever from this lying generation, even though the wicked strut about, and evil is praised throughout the land.” Psalms 12:6-8 NLT