This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Romans 6:23 (ESV)
Today I am thinking about how preoccupation creates a distance between you and God.
This is what happened to the Israelites as they traveled to Jerusalem for Passover. First, the Israelites incurred expense after expense. Even though they were in a place to worship, they were worried and constantly preoccupied with whether they had enough money to get them through.
In addition to their financial worries, they were also worried about whether their animal sacrifice would pass the inspection. The slightest imperfection in their animal meant that it wouldn’t pass the test, meaning they would likely have to purchase another animal at a greater expense.
Their intentions were to worship, but they were preoccupied with the stresses of their day. Here are two things we can learn from their experience. First, the key is to become preoccupied with the problem-solver, not the problem. Secondly, as this is Holy Week, let us dwell on the fact that our price has already been paid.
One interesting fact is that a perfect animal sacrifice could never have any broken bones. Even as Christ’s body endured the most horrific beating that it did, he ended up having not one broken bone. He is the ultimate, perfect lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world.
The next time you become preoccupied with something, replace those thoughts with the fact that your price has already been paid. Hold onto these words: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 (ESV)
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So today, move closer to Him.