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New Routine

Leviticus 18:2-3 (NKJV)
According to the doings of the land of Egypt, where you dwelt, you shall not do; and according to the doings of the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you, you shall not do; nor shall you walk in their ordinances. 4 You shall observe My judgments and keep My ordinances, to walk in them: I am the LORD your God.

OBSERVATION
Leviticus lays out all of the rules and regulations for navigation life as Jew - clean and unclean, relationships, sacrifices, etc. These rules defined a people who other than for maybe a style of dress wouldn't be identified as unique for the other peoples of the region. It describes the way that the Lord wanted them to live because as He said, "I am the LORD your God."

APPLICATION
There are so many things I do everyday that I dont even really think about. My routine of getting up, reading the word, having a cup of coffee, watching the morning news as the family starts moving, heading to the gym, coming home and having a 2 egg omlette...everyday stuff. I remember when my breakfast was a bagel. But since I wanted to lose weight I needed to cut some carbs and add protein. So I changed my routine, but only because I had a reason to.

All these regulations presented in Leviticus required a change in routine, and change in lifestyle. I would have been so easy to "love God" and still live with the old routine. But often we don't know why we have the routine we have. It's default living. And as long as Egypt lives in me, I won't make the Lord mine. If I get swayed by the way they do it here in Canaan, I placed myself outside of His covering.

I find that I add the Lord to my regular routine other than changing it. There's the tendency to modify my life's patterns, conforming in little ways as I'm influenced by what I see going on around me and not making intentional choices about why I am or not doing a particular thing because I don't hold it against the Lord's judgments or ordinances. Just because "we've always done it this way" isn't reason enough to hold on to what the Lord requires me to do differently. Nor is the excuse that "everyone else is doing it" reason enough to compromise the standards that God has established for me. This seems like BasicLife101. But I think it's more subtle than that. The Lord's requirements for living are often "other than" what has been my old routine. There's another way to do life. I need to pay attention, not living as an Egyptian or a Canaanite, but as God's.

PRAYER
Lord, continue to point out to me where I still carry habits and routines that are other than the ordinances and directives you've laid out of me. Let my life's choice and habits be a witness, if only even to myself, that I belong to You.

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