Thankful for Grace
Posted: Tuesday, March 12
Verse of the Day:
“From now on, no Israelites except priests or Levites may approach the Tabernacle. If they come too near, they will be judged guilty and will die.” (Numbers 18: 22)
I just got back from an amazing trip to Israel. Slightly off topic from the rest of the devo, but it was an incredible experience and I would recommend everyone to try and go at some point in your life. Ok back to it… so while on the trip, we got to visit a museum that was dedicated to showing what life in the temple would have been like. The thing that struck many of us on the trip, was the number of rules and regulations everyone had to follow. Even in their daily lives, Jews have so many rules they need to follow to remain clean in their faith. They have to keep certain foods separate. Let me tell you… a cheeseburger has never tasted better than after coming back from a week of no meat and cheese together.
As we were getting ready to come home, we had a last meeting with the group to talk about things that really impacted us. My sister-in-law shared an idea that has stuck with me, and jumped back out at me when reading these passages. She said that she was so thankful for grace and the idea that we don’t have to follow these strict rules anymore to have salvation. I couldn’t imagine living in a time where every action I made was under a microscope.
Even worse, I can’t imagine a time where I would not be allowed to spend time in God’s presence. There are several stories in the old testament where someone either touched the ark, or got too close and were struck down because of their disobedience. I am so thankful now, that we have access to our Father. I’m thankful that we can have a relationship with him that is not based off of rules and regulations, but off of love and forgiveness. I am thankful for grace… because frankly I’m not sure I could go the rest of my life without another cheeseburger.