Two of today's readings seemed to emphasize the same points. Numbers 6:1-27, and Ecclesiastes 5:1-20. They both talk about how we need to take God seriously. In Numbers we learn about the vow of the Nazirites. In Ecclesiastes we learn the importance of guarding what we do when we come before God.
- no strong drink
- no being near dead bodies... not even by accident
- nothing from the grape vine
- no shaving
So one needed then, to be mindful of the vow you were going to make before the Lord. You wouldn't want to be violating it. God took this vow seriously.
Then reading in Ecclesiastes about the need to guard your steps, to watch what you say before the Lord, because the Lord God takes that seriously as well.
I look at how people, including myself, often approach the Lord and sometimes I wonder... Do we truly recognize who God is? Is a day and age when everything is so very casual, do we truly take the time to
1. not only show how approachable God is but
2. the fact that God is GOD. We need to fear and reverence him as well.
I don't know what all is on my heart this day, but sometimes, oh sometimes it just feels like people really don't know the God they serve. I know I don't. There is so much more to God then I even think about. Don't you get that sometimes? Realizing that God is bigger and greater and kinder and more loving and more to be feared than you can even imagine?
We do need to mind ourselves in the presence of God.
Oh that we would remember to.