I recently finished a study of the first five books of the Bible written by Moses. Throughout the writings, one of the main themes was the giving of the law and the importance of obedience. Laws....lots and lots of laws.
This morning I was turning to John when a highlighted section in Luke stopped me.
"Jesus replied, "And are you experts in the law, woe to you because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them." Luke 11:46
Jesus wasn't disavowing the laws, but was scolding the Pharisees because they were so involved in seeing that everyone obeyed the law that they neglected their love of God. David says so beautifully in Psalm 103:1,
"Bless the Lord, O my soul."
In today's world, we don't need the Pharisees to burden us to the point of forgetting God. We often do it to ourselves. We let our lives become so busy there just isn't time to love God. One of the few times that I heard directly from God, it was regarding just this thing.
I've written about this before but it bears repeating here. A few months back, I was at the computer and opened a message from Tom Leding. He had mentioned a scripture which I don't even remember now, but I had stopped to look it up in the Bible. When I came to the word "love", God flashed these words into my mind in a way I can only describe as a neon sign.
"Slow down and just love me."
I share this again today because I think he is reminding me and everyone to do just that. He loves us so much and wants so much for us. And in return He asks in so many ways for us not to edge Him out but to keep Him at the forefront. After all, that's where He keeps us.
Precious Lord, Jehovah Rapha,
Thank You for Your word which is sent to us in so many different ways. Thank You for the gentle reminder that in our lives and loves, You are first.
Lord, I ask special healing mercies today for young Sadie. We have prayed for her so often and her mother reports that the brain turmors are not being affected by the chemo and Sadie is having a hard time talking. Lord, please just wrap Sadie and her family in Your loving arms as you comfort them and let them know that You are there with them every step of the way. Let Sadie be an example of Your grace and mercy and let the chemo destroy every cancer cell that remains in her body.
We are praying and asking these things in the name of Jesus Christ who healed every sick person that was ever brought before him.
Thank You Father. Thank You.