Society is geared around driving to produce. I find myself an unwitting participant.
Blow the ram’s horn at new moon, and again at full moon to call a festival! … it is a regulation of the God of Jacob.Psalm 81v3-5
This contrasts with the Lord’s intentions. He set up a system of rest and celebration.
I will free your hands from their heavy tasks.Psalm 81v6
Instead of driving us to ‘success’, the Lord freed his people from slavery.
O Israel, if you would only listen to me! … you must not bow down before a false god … Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things.Psalm 81v8-10
The road to the Lord’s good things involves opening myself so he can fill me. This is different from what the gods of our age tell me I need, but the Lord knows my heart.
“But no, my people wouldn’t listen. Israel did not want me around. So I let them follow their own stubborn desires, living according to their own ideas.Psalm 81v11-12
The Lord does not force good on me. He recognises my stubborn pursuit of what will enslave me and lets me go. He lets me choose between slavery and a satisfied soul.
What choices am I making today that are a gateway to enslavement or to being filled with good things?
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