We can only get so far before we reach a breaking point. For me, that point was a few weeks ago. It was a combination of events. At seven months pregnant, I was feeling overwhelmed with the thought of my baby girl coming soon. My list was long, and the days were not long enough. I worked hard through busy days and made little time for rest. I thought if I completed everything now, then I could rest later. Have you ever thought the same?
But, we all reach a breaking point. And the moment I reached mine, I just happened to be standing in a grocery check-out lane. A small sort of “wrong” set me off, and it was the last straw for me. But I didn't want to cry in the grocery store. It was pride, really, but I didn't want to be the emotional, pregnant lady in a public place. So, instead, I fought back the tears until I was home.
Then, I fell apart.
And there I sat, in the comfort of my own home, tears flowing, full emotions displayed. I was tired, frustrated, and empty.
And you know what?
God was there, in the middle of it all.
He comforted me with the quiet love my heart so deeply longed for. As I shared my heartache with him, he drew me close to his presence. There are no words to fully describe the joy I felt with him near, but all I can say is it was good.
On days such as this, I am thankful I can approach God's throne with confidence, and enjoy intimate communion with him. He is everything I desire. He made me, and I love being known by him. I am at peace with him because of what Jesus did. The relationship that was once severed, is now restored. But guess what? It wasn't always this way. A long time ago, before Jesus, people could not approach God. Only a priest could go before him, and atonement for sin was made through the continuous sacrifice of animals.
This week we will continue studying through the book of Leviticus to learn more about the different types of offerings made in God's tabernacle. Again, my prayer is we would all gain a greater appreciation for Jesus's sacrifice and resurrection as a result of this study. Please click here for the reading guide. Let's begin by reading a few verses from Monday's passage.
“'If the offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he is to offer a male without defect. He must present it at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting so that it will be acceptable to the Lord. He is to lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him.'” Leviticus 1:3-4, NIV
As you read these verses, consider the following questions:
What do these verses reveal about God?
How do these verses impact your perspective on Christ's sacrifice for us?
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