The Lord said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: ‘On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of Sabbath rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts. Do no regular work, but present a food offering to the Lord.’” Leviticus 23:23-25
Today at sundown begins Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the Jewish New Year. This is also the day of the Feast of Trumpets spoken of in the Old Testament. It is a feast in which a shofar, or ram’s horn is blown, and people are encouraged to reflect upon and repent from sin. It is a day of new beginnings!
New beginnings are spurred forth by grace. In fact, if it were not for grace, a new beginning would be impossible. It is by grace that we are redeemed and set free. However, when I think upon my own sins, and the bondage patterns my heart has been stuck in, I am prone to guilt. And I wonder what the difference is between reflecting upon my sin and ruminating about my sin?
Reflection upon our sins spurs repentance. Reflection calls us to notice the things in life that are causing distance between us and God, asks us to turn from those things, and walk towards truth. Rumination on the other hand causes guilt and stuck-ness. In fact, when I looked up the definition of rumination, it stated that to ruminate can mean to regurgitate partially digested food to chew again. I know that is a disgusting visual, and I apologize if I just totally grossed you out, but it’s so powerful! When we ruminate on our sin we literally regurgitate it, and we are left gnawing on chewed up guilt.
Dear daughter of the King, you were never meant to ruminate on your sin. Repentance is the key to freedom. Today is the day the trumpet blows. It blows and calls you home to your Savior. Repent of your sins and thank the God of grace who never ceases to give second chances. It is the Feast of Trumpets – your chance to start anew. Allow Christ to remove the guilt once and for all. Choose to walk in the forgiveness bought freedom of Christ Jesus.