I’ve been reading in Ezekiel and it is interesting to read all of the actions of God. So often we act as if He is not moving. We even complain as if we have the harder part to fulfill in the relationship between us and God. But the truth is that we aren’t asked to do more than He ever did for us.
In Ezekiel 20, we read that He led, He brought, He gave, He made known, and He gave. He did all of these things so that the people would know Him. Isn’t that awesome?!? It’s something we don’t often grasp. Everything points back to the relationship between man and God. God wants us to know Him. He wants to have a relationship with us. And He has taken the first step, the second step, and many steps that followed those steps.
Today, consider the arms of the Father that are reaching out for you. How are you reacting to those arm? Are you too busy for your Father? Are you missing out on what He offers because you are fixed elsewhere? Do you know little of Who God is because you spend so little time with Him? Examine your relationship. Take a step forward. Sit down today and enjoy His presence, chew upon His Word, and praise His great name!
“So I led them out of the land of Egypt and brought them into the wilderness. I gave them my statutes and made known to them my rules, by which, if a person does them, he shall live. Moreover, I gave them my Sabbaths, as a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD who sanctifies them.” – Ezekiel 20:10-12
Many times we see the commands of the Bible as obligations, as rules that keep us from something that might be enjoyable. But when you actually look at the commands, you can see a loving Father who is trying to do what is best for His children. The Sabbath day was given to us as a gift of rest, not as an obligation. Yet some people find reasons not to accept this gift because something else is more appealing.
God gave us the Sabbath as a day to rest. God gave us the Sabbath day to remind us that He is the Lord. God gave us the Sabbath day as a beautiful gift. It is just that.
Many years ago I was working so much that I didn’t have a day of rest. It made for a bad life. Not only was I not living healthy, but I also was not able to spend the time I need to with God. Slowly I got back this gift from God. Today I can say I no longer work on the Sabbath. It is a day to rest for my family. We have family time. We read. We worship. We watch football or a movie. We enjoy what God has given us and we thank Him for this gift. Life is very different because of this gift of rest.
“And I gave them my Sabbath days of rest as a sign between them and me. It was to remind them that I am the LORD, who had set them apart to be holy.” – Ezekiel 20:12 [NLT]