Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 17, 2023

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.”

Today’s devotion comes from Leviticus 25:1-7 and and 18-22, two sections of Scripture on a same subject that are separated by only ten verses covering another subject. I hope to cover the next subject in the next devotion, God willing.  

“The LORD then spoke to Moses at Mount Sinai, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘When you come into the land which I shall give you, then the land shall have a sabbath to the LORD.  Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard and gather in its crop, but during the seventh year the land shall have a sabbath rest, a sabbath to the LORD;  you shall not sow your field nor prune your vineyard.  Your harvest’s aftergrowth you shall not reap, and your grapes of untrimmed vines you shall not gather;  the land shall have a sabbatical year.  All of you shall have the sabbath products of the land for food;  yourself, and your male and female slaves, and your hired man and your foreign resident, those who live as aliens with you.  Even your cattle and the animals that are in your land shall have all its crops to eat.

‘You shall thus observe My statutes and keep My judgments, so as to carry them out, that you may live securely on the land.  Then the land will yield its produce, so that you can eat your fill and live securely on it.  But if you say, “What are we going to eat on the seventh year if we do not sow or gather in our crops?”  then I will so order My blessing for you in the sixth year that it will bring forth the crop for three years.  When you are sowing the eighth year, you can still eat old things from the crop, eating the old until the ninth year when its crop comes in.”  Leviticus 25:1-7 and and 18-22.


Some feel the need to speculate on the reason for certain commands of the LORD which do not clearly make sense such as why “during the seventh year the land shall have a sabbath rest, a sabbath to the LORD”.  But, the danger is that one may not get a completely satisfactory answer which may lead the one to trust his or her own wisdom more than God’s Word and tempt that one to withhold obedience.  The danger is that one will only obey God when it makes clear sense to him or her. 

Faith is not based on the conviction of things seen or understood by our mind.  “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  For by it the men of old gained approval.”  Hebrews 11:1-2.

“For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.”  Romans 8:24-25.

“But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.  So the other disciples were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord!”  But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”

After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them.  Jesus *came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”  Then He *said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands;  and reach here your hand and put it into My side;  and do not be unbelieving, but believing.”  Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”  Jesus *said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed?  Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”  John 20:24-29.

The lesson in today’s Scripture is to trust God and His Word even when we do not understand the reason for His commands.

“He who gives attention to the word will find good,
And blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.” Proverbs 16:20.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5.

“In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;  and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.”  1 Peter 1:6-9.


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