"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
The annual celebration of Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown today. This, the start of the Jewish year, inaugurates a ten-day period that ends on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). This is one of God’s holy days. He designed and instituted it.
On this day, God directed His people to cease all normal activities. Instead, this was to be a day of prayerful reflection. No one was to work. And each person was to bring a special offering to Him.
This remains an important day on God’s calendar. It reminds us that He is serious about our lives and the condition of our hearts. He offers each of us the opportunity for a fresh start. We begin by confessing our sins and cleansing our hearts. Remove anything that blocks the flow of His blessings.
This is a day to ponder serious issues. What habits dominate our lives? Have we become polluted by compromise? How committed are we to serve God? Are we eager to have a deeper walk with Him?
Rosh Hashanah is an opportunity to examine your priorities and influences. This is the time for a fresh start to seek a new level of commitment to God, to enter new depths in your relationship with Him, and to accept the blessings He promised you.
Today, renew your dedication to Him. Lay your burdens at His feet. Live in His freedom and receive His blessings. Don’t accept anything less!
PrayerFather, cleanse my heart and mind. Free me from the burdens of sin. Thank You for Your forgiveness. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Extended ReadingLeviticus 23