by David Hino, October 7, 2016
Happy New Year, Rosh Hashanah. On October 2, 2016, we began year 5777 according to the Hebrew calendar.
Between Rosh Hashanah (October 2) and the Day of Atonement (October 12) are the ten Days of Awe when Jews repent of their sins. The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) is when the high priest entered the holy of holies in the temple and repented on the behalf of the nation.
I asked God to personally speak to me about this new season as I begin Rosh Hashanah. My thoughts are not to be taken as comprehensive teaching for the church. This is my personal encounter with God and what I believe He spoke.
I started the New Year off with the flu and my body felt broken. A few weeks later, I listened to a Korean pastor who shared that God was breaking him of 30 years of hardness in his heart. In February, my younger sister died after battling cancer and I was surprised at my grief.
I am gaining more understanding of spiritual brokenness. Brokenness is not a bad word. The more broken we are before God, the more we know God better. Brokenness is key to transformation. Brokenness exposes heart issues that block our relationship to God.
Many years ago, King David declared that the “sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart.” (Psalm 51:17) There is a big difference between a person who is humanly broken and a spiritually broken person. A broken person believes they are spiritually poor while a spiritually broken person knows they serve a rich God. A broken person feels like a failure, a spiritually broken person knows that God believes in you even when you fail. A broken person questions the ways of God, a spiritually broken person, says, “Have your way God.”
Day 1 of Joy
Genesis 21:6, “Sarah said, ‘God has brought me joy and laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.’”
Gods’ Truth: God’s will is to bring joy and laugher to you.
God has brought ______(name)_____ joy and laugher. God laughs and wants you to laugh with Him. Can you hear God’s laugher? Listen closely.