Saturday, November 23, 2013

November 23 - Exodus 31

Today's reading in our daily plan is Exodus 31. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • In the preceding chapters of Exodus, God laid out very specific instructions for building a variety of structures that will comprise the "tabernacle," or building that was to be used exclusively for worshipping God. 
  • In this chapter God equips certain people with different abilities that enables them to collectively carry out all the previously specified instructions.
  • This chapter concludes with a seemingly harsh directive from God in which he requires his people to take one full "sabbath," or day of rest, each week.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • If God wants you to do something, he will equip you with the abilities you need to carry that out. Often he asks us to do things that seem insurmountable or overwhelming, but he always provides what we need to accomplish these things. Or, as we see in today's reading, God may lead other people to come alongside you to help you work toward a shared goal that will help you grow closer to God.
  • God is serious about his followers taking a break from the busy-ness of life. We need to be very intentional about taking one day per week to rest and become better in tune with God.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Is God calling you to do something that seems overwhelming or intimidating? Instead of shying away, trust God to equip and empower you to overcome your fears and, if necessary, involve other people in the process. Decide today to get serious about what God is leading you to do.
  • Are you taking a day each week to rest and rejuvenate? If not, start to make changes that will allow you to do that. We recently explored the idea of sabbath in our series called 24/6, which you can listen to or watch online.