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God's mercy

By McKenna Takach
March 19, 2020

Passages of the day:
Numbers 28:16 – 29:40
Luke 3:23–38
Psalm 62:1–12
Proverbs 11:18–19

My head has been spinning non-stop for what feels like weeks. I know I am not alone when I say I am wound up. Change is always exciting before you’re in the middle of it, but now, we’re in the middle of some changes we didn’t choose and we don’t quite know what lingering effect they will have on us.  And so, my mind races.
The reading from our One Year Bible today gently slowed the speed of my spinning mind. In the Numbers passage, God lays out for Moses specific instructions for his people to celebrate. Laced throughout these  instructions is repetition of the phrase “Do no regular work.” And while that might sound like God is telling his people to take a load off, instead each time the phrase is repeated, it is a command, not an offer. This wasn’t something that came easy for the Israelites either. When we’re snug in our routines, isn’t it true that we don’t feel we have to depend on God? Regular work is often a comfort to us that gives us power and control over our surroundings. But right now, none of us have regular work. It struck me that perhaps God is asking us to use this irregular time to surrender ourselves to him again — just like he asked his people to surrender and sacrifice when they celebrated. God doesn’t want our minds to race. He doesn’t want our hearts wound up. He wants us to trust him. Perhaps today is the day for us to ‘sound the trumpets’ rather than sit in our anxiety. How will you celebrate and surrender to him in all of our irregularity today?

Love, McKenna

To memorize:
Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.
— Psalm 62:8