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Evidence of a Relationship
by Jenny on June 14th, 2018

"These are the decrees, regulations, and instructions that the LORD gave through Moses on Mount Sinai as evidence of the relationship between Himself and the Israelites." Leviticus 26:46

My husband and I like to swim together at night after we put our three youngest kids to bed. We find it's a good way to relieve stress and to hash through family business. As we swam last night I looked over at him and giggled. As young college students, I don't think either of us could have imagined that we would ever swim together in a backyard pool at night.

My husband and I have been dating for twenty-two years. I was a college freshman and he a college sophomore when we first met. In twenty-two years of dating we've made many memories together. Most memories bring a smile to my face. A few memories bring pain. But one glance around our home or even in the drawer of my bed-side table reveals much evidence of our relationship.

After two decades of dating, one might expect to find much evidence of a relationship. But it didn't take twenty-two years for me to begin accumulating evidence. Early on in our relationship I kept movie-ticket stubs and countless pieces of other memorabilia to remind me of time spent with the man I would eventually marry. Why? Because I liked him. I wanted to remember time spent together. I wanted to have things that would cause me to think of him, lest he escape my thoughts.

Recently I read through the book of Leviticus. Though I consider myself a student of the Bible, I must admit I tend to skip over the book of Leviticus. It's a book of law, much of which was [thankfully] fulfilled through Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. But as I studied Leviticus, just as with every other book of the Bible, I discovered so much about God's character and about His interaction with His people. I could pen several posts about the teachings contained in the book of Leviticus but perhaps the most profound statement comes near the conclusion of the book.

Leviticus 26:46 reads, "These are the decrees, regulations, and instructions that the LORD gave through Moses on Mount Sinai as evidence of the relationship between Himself and the Israelites." (NLT)

Many people view the Old Testament as simply an old book full of laws . . . and being a book full of laws that were written over two thousand years ago, they would be mostly correct. But Leviticus 26:46 gives profound reason as to why God gave the Old Testament first to the Israelites and now to us.

God gave us His word as evidence of His relationship with us.

I claim to have a relationship with God through faith in Christ. And while my relationship is based on faith ALONE, not on works, muchless objects I may place around my home or neck, there should be some evidence of my relationship with God. Just as I wanted to talk to my future husband, I should want to talk to God. Just as I wanted to learn more about my future husband, how much more should I want to learn about my Creator, my Savior?

God initiated a relationship with me by sending someone--my childhood youth pastor--to tell me about Him. God gave me people who could testify to His character to tell me more about Him. God gave me--us--His Son to make a relationship possible. And, God gave me--us--His word so that we could discover more about Him and all that He plans to do as we walk in obedience to Him.

I have much evidence of a relationship with my husband. But how much more should I have evidence of my relationship with God, not by accumulating things but by spending time with God in that which He gave as evidence of His relationship with me?

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I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling, Bible-teaching mom of six, and wife to my college sweetheart. I believe everyone can live a life of abundance through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and radical obedience to His Word.

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