Micah 6:6-8, “Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”
John 9:14, 31-33, 39, “And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. Now we know that God hears not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and does his will, him he hears. Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this man were not of God, he could do nothing. And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.”
“Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
Luke 13:10-16, “And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day. The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?”
Luke 10:38-42, “Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
Many of us labor under the tyranny of the urgent working for God rather than with Him. If we don’t take time to drink deeply of the living waters of His Word and to seek His face, how are we able to reflect His expression back to those around us? Scripture says, where your treasure is there is your heart. What we give ourselves to will either own us or free us.
Luke 14:3-5, “And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go; And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day?”
God desires truth in the inward parts and in the hidden part He will make us to know wisdom. He desires mercy not sacrifice and to obey Him is better than the best parts of any sacrifice.
Father, thank You for the gift of Love given at the cross in Jesus Christ. Thank You for His light that shines in our faces so that we may know truly how to live in love. Thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth through knowing You which is true wisdom and a good understanding. Thank You that Your love is being poured into our innermost being by the Holy Spirit so that we are filled with all joy and peace in believing. Thank You for filling me with patience and power to rise above the lesser things to the true life found giving others what You have so freely given to us. May the shadows of all doubt, fear, unbelief and selfishness be dispelled in the true light of Your love that the stream of living water that flows from Your throne pours out of my heart into the hearts of those around me. In Jesus’ name AMEN