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Before we begin…
If you’re just joining me, you may wonder about the title, “Bone Broth and Word Stew” and why you aren’t finding information about bone broth, or even a recipe! Well, the day will come for both, I suspect. In the meantime, know you’re visiting my Christian encouragement blog. We take a few days to look into Scripture, a day to talk about how to apply what we learn and a few days to add Spice…things that will help reinforce what we’ve learned and add some spice to our Christian Walk! Before moving on to this ‘different spices’ post, please look at this page to learn more about the analogies of ‘Bone Broth and Word Stew’!
Rest in God’s Love
It’s Sunday! And it is my day of rest. I won’t argue that for some, their rest day is Saturday. In fact, I see that we are to have a ‘Sabbath’…a day to rest and honor our Lord…but which day? The choice is ours, but once made, follow through with consistency because God set us up from the beginning on a 7 day cycle of rest. Like I said yesterday, I believe God’s way is the best way. When I say that, it’s from the standpoint of trust. I trust him to have what’s best for me in mind because he tells me in his Word that he does! (Jer. 29:11, Luke 11:11, Matt 7:10) Following through is easier when done within a tribe. So find your tribe, pick a day, stop overthinking and rest in God’s love.
Maybe your tribe meets on Saturdays. Perhaps Sundays. Possibly another day of the week. If this seems strange to you, let it go. Don’t be dogmatic about what day you rest and celebrate your place in God’s kingdom. Stop overthinking about how to go about honoring God that day, too. If you’re in doubt as to how much he’s okay with your ideas, ask him and refuse thinking that leads to anxiety. This is a danger zone because his Word says to “be anxious for nothing.” And don’t judge others if they honor the day differently than you. Let. It. Go. Rest in God’s love regarding your decision; leave other’s decisions alone.
The Sabbath: made for man to rest in God’s love
-Not the other way around. “Got Questions”, reports 39 categories of rules involved with observation of the Sabbath in the Old Testament! Yet, David, in a foreshadowing of Jesus, ate food set apart for priests only. What’s more, the priest ‘on duty’ gave him the bread! Jesus used the incident to teach, adding that, “The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.” Jesus healed a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath, knowing he was being judged by the religious leaders of the time. Yep, he stood right there in front of them and did his thing. I know at least one person that day who was glad Jesus was shaking things up! Jesus wanted humanity to understand once and for all that this walk with him is not about our doing, doing, doing! We can’t do enough to be good enough to be right with God!
But we can rest in God’s love…the love he sent in Jesus to show us his own heart and make a way to make us right with him forever. We can rest from our constant striving to ‘get it right’. Jesus did it.
A spirit of works and religion
Jesus broke a bunch of Sabbath rules during his 3 year ministry here on earth. It is an evil, evil religious spirit that ruled the hearts of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Some people carry this same spirit within our churches today. Many of them aspire to high positions and because they are wearing their sheepskin disguises, they find their way in. If they’re in your church, don’t hang with them no matter what place you think you’d like to have within that body of Believers. Pray (hard and long) about finding a new tribe if the overall atmosphere exudes this spirit.
OR you can put on your armor and press through the crowd like Jesus did. Don’t expect them to lay down their rocks; rather, understand it is not a carnal enemy we face in them, it is a spirit of the world. But don’t be afraid, Jesus overcame the world, making a way for us to lie down in green pastures and walk beside still waters. To me, these are the ‘Ahhhhh’ verse of the Bible. This is a picture of perfect rest! It is set apart from sanctimonious religiosity, but set close to the rule-breaker King, Jesus Christ.
This week, we’ll look at the Word’s promise and picture of rest, with green pastures and still waters. We’ll talk about the rod and staff and the table God sets before our enemies. We’ll talk about shepherds, too. Oh, it’s good stuff, isn’t it?! Yes, the Scriptures in this passage are familiar, but I’ll be praying God reveals something to each of us that we’ve never seen before so Pslam 23 touches the spirit as it’s never touched before. Today, just read the Psalm and rest in God’s love. Let him talk to you about the verses and simply lisen. As we move through the week, let’s see if the Holy Spirit is moving us in the same direction or using us as “iron sharpens iron.”
Until tomorrow, be blessed with rest! <3
1The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.