“And Moses said, Eat that (the manna) to day; for to day is a sabbath unto the LORD: to day ye shall not find it in the field. Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none. And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none. And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?”Exodus 16:25-28
Rebekah took a work trip to Portland, Oregon and I was glad to be able to join her. I had never been to Oregon before, and I was excited to explore what the state had to offer. I did some research prior to going, and I found out that the main Nike campus was not too far from where we were staying. I had always wanted to go and check it out and this seemed to be the perfect opportunity.
The campus is located in Beaverton, and there was a tram that ran from our hotel right near the campus. I took the trip while Rebekah was working, and set out to explore the campus. The campus is located not too far from the tram station, and once I walked through a forest area, the campus came into view. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I entered from the side instead of the main entrance. I chose to disregard the “No Trespassing” signs as I entered the campus without resistance.
I saw athletes working out on a long field and they all looked to be in exceptional shape. I thought for a brief moment to join them, but I would be a mule at the Kentucky Derby. I walked all around the campus like a kid in a candy store. I saw the training areas, open fields, and beautiful buildings. I found the employee cafeteria and even an employee store where they sold a lot of cool shoes I had never seen before. I thought to get a pair, but I saw people were using their employee badge, which I did not have. I found my way to a building where a group of people were standing around a shoe I had never seen before. The people looked important, and I was poking my head around them to look at the shoe. They all made comments about the shoe and then asked for my opinion.
Before I got a chance to respond, someone asked for my name and my badge. I explained I did not have a badge, and they asked me where I had come from. I explained how I got there and they gracefully and quickly called security who pointed to where I needed to exit the building. Security advised me that it was a closed campus and that they did not offer any tours. I dejectedly walked away from the campus, but I had a big smile on my face as I spent the last 2.5 hours on the campus without any hindrance. I guess the “No Trespassing” signs I ignored were important after all, and I should have paid more attention to them.
There were some of the children of Israel who thought Moses was simply making a recommendation instead of giving them a direct command. They went out looking for manna on the Sabbath day when they were told to gather all their food in the six days God had given them. They ignored Moses’ command, which was ultimately God’s command. The Lord was not pleased with their disobedience, and He questioned Moses as to how long these people would continue in disobedience. Satan loves to question God just like he did with Eve in the garden, and if we listen to him, he will tempt us to question God as well.
Where are you today in obedience to God? Do you question what God tells you to do, or do you simply trust and obey? Is God pleased or displeased with how you react to His commands? Do you obey all of His laws and commandments or just the ones that resonate with you? May we not ignore the “no trespassing” signs in our life, and may we be obedient to whatever God says, even if it goes against what we want. May God find us obedient, and may we live in submission to Him.