September 15, 2023

New Beginnings

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“In the seventh month on the first of the month you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall not do any laborious work, but you shall present an offering by fire to the Lord.”—Leviticus 23:24–25 NASB

Today at sundown begins the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the start of the Jewish year. This inaugurates a 10-day period that ends with the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). During this time, God did not want His people to go about business as usual. He directed them to spend time examining their lives, being purged of sin, and preparing for a deeper relationship with Him.

This was so important that no one was to work. No one was exempt. And each person was to bring God a special offering.

This remains an important day on God’s calendar. It reminds us that He is serious about our lives. He cares about us so much that He offers each person the opportunity for a fresh start. We begin this process by searching our hearts and minds, confessing our mistakes, removing anything displeasing to Him, and seeking to be clean in His sight.

This is a day to ask questions: What habits have we formed? Have we become polluted by compromise? Is there anything separating us from God?

This is an opportunity for a fresh start. Don’t take this day for granted. Enter new depths in your relationship with God. Realize He really cares about you and wants to fellowship with you. Remember, He loves you!

Reflection Question: In what area(s) of your life do you need a fresh start?

Prayer
Father, cleanse my heart and mind. Free me from the burdens of sin. Thank You for Your forgiveness. I worship You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Leviticus 23

Prayer
Father, cleanse my heart and mind. Free me from the burdens of sin. Thank You for Your forgiveness. I worship You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Leviticus 23