This week I read through Leviticus again. I can't tell you how many times I have read through this book, either in daily readings or as part of a read through the Bible program.
I usually don't get much of a lift from reading through these lines: one, because it is so heavy with laws that I can in no way fulfill ,and two, I get bored by the repeat of all the detail.
This time was very different. As I finished my reading of Leviticus I became completely overwhelmed by my insufficiency to complete all these requirements. I also saw vividly how very guilty I am in the face of God's law.
I knelt in front of my couch and wept as I prayed. God came to me at that moment when I felt such condemnation and reminded me that, even though I was so convincingly guilty I was declared innocent through the sufferings and resurrection of my LORD.
I don't deserve to be free from sins curse, but I am.
I don't merit being a spiritual leader of others, but that is what He called me to be.
I qualify for the eternal death penalty, but He has given me life everlasting.