“ ‘In the future your children will ask you, ‘What is the meaning of these laws, decrees, and regulations that the Lord our God has commanded us to obey?’ ‘Then you must tell them, ‘We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with his strong hand. The Lord did miraculous signs and wonders before our eyes, dealing terrifying blows against Egypt and Pharaoh and all his people. He brought us out of Egypt so he could give us this land he had sworn to give our ancestors. And the Lord our God commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear him so he can continue to bless us and preserve our lives, as he has done to this day.’ ” 6:20-24
I love that we are not only invited, but commissioned, to tell God’s story. We often get it wrong, or distort it with our human hands and hedonistic versions, but he still sits back and leaves the storytelling to us.
I love hearing people’s rescue story. My friend Tyler started a relationship with Jesus after some of his friends in high school invited him to go bowling with his youth group. My brother in law has an amazing story of people in a village audibly hearing God’s voice in the fields. The godlessness so deafening, creation cried out in rebuttal. Someone walked up to my friend Dom in a coffee shop, pointed a finger at him and boldly shared the gospel. Slowly over time, God got a hold of his heart and he drastically uprooted his life and reoriented it towards the gospel.
Today, this really jumped out to me: “and the Lord our God commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear him so he can continue to bless us and preserve our lives, as he has done to this day”. God’s laws and instructions for our life are not meaningless. He deeply desires to bless and preserve our lives, and his boundaries are out of love. You can hand-pick any commandment and see it’s rooted in care.
I use to think sabbathing was some kind of godly deprivation (I’m an enneagram 7). Like God just wanted to withhold, for the sake of withholding. Then I worked a highly relational and physical summer job where we only had 24 hours off a week. I learned the discipline and importance of coming into the presence of God and resting.
Notice the opportunities God gives you today to tell his story.