OVERVIEW: God instructs Israel how to live with one another, protect their hearts, and honor him by celebrating three annual festivals.
BIG IDEA: God faithfully provides, so remember God’s sabbath and celebrate God’s goodness.
KEY VERSE: Exodus 23:20 (God’s guidance and protection)
See, I am sending an angel before you to protect you on your journey and lead you safely to the place I have prepared for you.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
Some will ask for your help so they can get ahead or accomplish a goal. Assist in any way possible, except when it comes to doing something wrong or illegal. In those instances, gracefully decline, but continue to care for and support them. And don’t show favoritism in who you help. It’s OK to want to help friends and family, but don’t ignore someone you committed to assisting because a new opportunity arose. There have been—and will be—times when roles were reversed. Remember how it felt when someone discarded you. I will never do that to you, so don’t do that to anyone.
I love when you remember me. I love when you celebrate who I am and how I provide. I love when you follow my lead. I love when you rest and remember that I am in control. You are alive because of my provision, not your effort. Rest in me and celebrate our relationship. Set aside time to feast, tell stories, laugh, and worship. I love your praise.
Make plans to have a party with friends and use the time to tell stories of God’s faithfulness and the ways you appreciate one another.