A Dedicated Calling
Day: 31 | Plan: Leviticus-Hebrews
Today's Reading: Leviticus 21
Leviticus 21:11-12 (NIV) “He must not enter a place where there is a dead body. He must not make himself unclean, even for his father or mother, nor leave the sanctuary of his God or desecrate it, because he has been dedicated by the anointing oil of his God. I am the LORD.”
The entire chapter of Leviticus 21 explains the guidelines of the Levitical priests. These men were chosen by God from the tribe of Levi to fulfill specific roles of the priesthood.
Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, were the first priests selected to oversee the tabernacle. They were instructed to facilitate the daily sacrifices and offerings required under the Mosaic Law. (Exodus 28:1) Unfortunately, they took their responsibilities lightly and paid the consequences. (Leviticus 10:1-2)
The priests were given specific instructions on whom they could marry, what they could wear, personal hygiene, and even how they could mourn for loved ones. (Leviticus 21:1-9)
Aaron, serving as high priest, had even stricter regulations. He wasn’t allowed to leave the tabernacle or come in contact with certain people. Doing so would make him ceremonially unclean.
Day in and day out, Aaron’s permanent workplace and home was the holy tabernacle. It’s where he ate, slept, bathed, and fulfilled his calling. Even if one of Aaron’s relatives passed away—including his mother or father—he was not allowed to leave or show any signs of outward mourning.
I wonder if Aaron started doubting his ability after a few weeks on the job. Maybe the weight of those strict requirements caused him to feel isolated or incapable at times. Would he be able to fulfill all the responsibilities God assigned?
Aaron had to make a conscious decision each day to walk in humility and obedience before the Lord. He had to trust God even when he didn’t understand God’s ways. Aaron’s dedication had to override his limited perception of what God was doing.
Are we willing to do the same?
God has given each of us a calling and daily assignments to fulfill. Will we choose to trust and obey Him, even when we don’t fully understand? Will we continue to serve God with a heart of humility? Will our dedication override our perception of what we think is best?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Your ways are higher than my ways and Your thoughts are higher than my thoughts. Help me to trust You, even when I don’t fully understand the plans You’ve set before me. Guide me along the path of obedience when I’m tempted to pursue other things. Help me to fully dedicate my life to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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