Week 40 Monday

A Time Of Sounding Trumpets

Today’s scripture selection: Numbers 29-32

Key verse: Numbers 29:1

“And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, ye shall have a holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work; it is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you.”

God has no problem calling people to action.  This is proved over and over again.

But God also has no problem calling people to rest – to “holy convocation” – to a time to reflect and rest and be renewed.

The problem is often with the people who are called.

While laziness is certainly an issue for some; so is “work-a-holism”.  We can too easily be obsessed with doing more; being more; gaining more.  When what we need, more than anything, is a little spiritual rest.

We live in a society that highly values the answer “what can you do for me?”  And, if that answer isn’t satisfactory provided, people are often de-valued.

But we need to value one-another in another way – one that isn’t “production” oriented.

And we need to realize that it is part of God’s gracious plan, for all of us, that not just sometimes, in a rare moon, but often, we take time for spiritual rest and renewal.

So – sound the trumpets – declare one day soon a day of spiritual rest.

And give thanks to God.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your love and grace, which allows me to rest easy in your love and acceptance.  AMEN.

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