February 21 Numbers 8-9; Acts 28

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Wait | Kim Chipman

S~ Moses answered them, “Wait until I find out what the Lord commands concerning you.” Numbers 9:8 (NIV)

O~ The Lord gave Moses instructions concerning EVERYthing about the Tabernacle, the furnishings, the responsibilities of everyone, the offerings to atone for sin, and the festivals and feasts for the Israelites to follow. Concerning the celebration of the Passover there was a question about a ceremonially unclean person celebrating at the appointed time. Moses told them to wait to see what the Lord said.

A~ This is an answer I need to learn to give. If I’m not certain rather than making something up or responding from my feeeeeeelings (ugh, why?)…I should wait until I find out what You say. Wait. THEN act.

P~ Lord, grow my patience and help me crucify my INdependence. I’ve always been an independent sort, but when it comes to my soul this is NOT a good quality. Help me to trust, rely, depend and WAIT on You! I love You!

Watching for God’s Will | Joni Tyner

S~ Whether the cloud stayed above the Tabernacle for two days, a month, or a year, the people of Israel stayed in camp and moved on.  So they camped or traveled at the LORD’S command, and they did whatever the LORD told them through Moses. Numbers 9:22-23 (NLT)

O~ The Israelites were dependent on the LORD for their physical steps.  God gave them a physical sign to guild them.  God’s timing was not always consistent, He, however is  CONSISTENTLY unchanging in His power, love and authority.

A~ I sort of envy the Israelites in this particular area, they could look out their tent anytime during their day and see He was with them.  That had to be comforting. (although I know from reading the Bible, they still complained!!! )  I’m pretty sure it is hard to always understand, see and follow God’s will no matter what century we live in.

I heard a sermon once about how to discern God’s will for our lives.  I remember a couple of points.

  1. Sometimes He obviously shuts a certain door.  It’s clear that path isn’t a good plan.
  2. God will often give repeated themes of something through unrelated sources. Perhaps a message at church, then a song on the radio, next a conversation with someone at work, and then ANOTHER person might affirm that particular thought.
  3. He often speaks to us through scripture.

We are approaching a new season of life when we are close to becoming empty nesters at home.  We started to get the bug to move to another house, and met with a realtor and began looking for a place to build a new house that would meet our criteria.  We were praying during the process that God would make it clear, we truly want to be good stewards with our money.

We quickly got sucked into all the newest technology and the beauty of having a new house.  But, things weren’t working out.  The lots we wanted got sold to someone else.  Next, we found out that moving just a few miles from our current address would double our real estate taxes.  Then, the message on church this past Sunday was about finances and the opportunity to use extra money to be a blessing to others. Our of the blue, our real estate agent called me and said she felt compelled to talk us into reconsider moving because she thinks we have a nice house.  And, this morning, I read about this scripture about “moving” or “staying” according to God’s leading.   I think we are getting our confirmation loud and clear.  🙂

P~ Dear Lord, thank you for always being so faithful to our family.  I get emotional when I think about how incredibly tough some days have been, yet You have never left us and are always faithful. I do feel blessed and I pray for contentment and to be used by you, at this address, in this neighborhood, in this church—until You nudge us to move!!! Dear Lord, please help me to embrace the today, the now, the present and be the disciple You have called me to be—right here in this life.

Not in Limbo, God’s with Me | Luisa Penaherrera

S~ So they camped or traveled at the Lord’s command, and they did whatever the Lord told them through Moses.  Numbers 9:23 (NLT)

O~ The notes in my bible: “The Israelites traveled and camped as God guided.  When you follow God’s guidance, you know you are where God wants you, whether you’re moving or staying in one place.  You are physically somewhere right now.  Instead of praying, ‘God, what do you want me to do next?’ ask, ‘God what do you want me to do while I’m right here?’ direction from God is not just your next big move.  He has a purpose in placing you where you are right now.  Begin to understand God’s purpose for your life by discovering what he wants you to do now!”

A~ This spoke to me through the notes.  I have been feeling sort of “in limbo” since having moved to a state far from my grown children, far from friends, having to make new friends, start all over…but in reality, there is not limbo. This is where I am right now. I can ask God what he wants me to do while I am right here.

P~ Father, this move has been hard for me.  I left a big chunk of my heart.  Maybe I made it harder by denying all that.  I really missed my life there, what I used to do, seeing the kids being involved in their lives.  I just didn’t realize how much I would.  But I also see some good things that came out of it…they’re a bit more independent and so am I. I have taken more ownership of myself and so have they. I thank you for the technology to be able to see them and talk to them, especially my grandbaby. And thank you for the people that are in my life now, your people that love you; and because of that, we love each other.  Please show me what you want me to do while I’m right here.  I love you…too.

Misdirected Zeal | Robin Laney

S~ The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead, but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god. Acts 28:6 (NIV)

O~ Paul and his travel companions were washed up on the shores of Malta and the people, who were very superstitious, treated them kindly and watched them closely. When Paul was bitten by a deadly snake and didn’t die, they figured he must be a god. They honored him and all those traveling with him and sent them on their way when it was time. The text does not say that Paul gave thanks to the one true God for his protection nor does it say that he healed the people who came to him in the name of Jesus. I can’t imagine him doing it any other way but to give glory to the Father, sharing the Gospel with the people God had put in his path.

A~ Misdirected zeal. I have been thinking about those words since having it brought to my attention in a message I heard a week or so ago. The pastor, a friend of ours, was preparing to leave Charlotte for Ethiopia and in speaking of his mission shared a portion of Scripture that he was inspired by as he thought and prayed about sharing the Gospel with the people he was going to see. The verses he quoted are found in Romans, chapter 10. Paul was speaking to the Romans about the Jews. He said of them that they were, “zealous for God, but their zeal was not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.” They were zealous in pursuing something they could not attain on their own but they were blind to that fact that righteousness could only be obtained by believing in Christ.

God has set eternity in our hearts. He has created our hearts to seek Him and know Him. We have searching hearts and we find all kinds of things to be zealous about, to pour our lives into, besides Him, other gods. Career, family, power, status, money, relationships, religion, self-improvement. Unreached people groups worship man-made gods and nature and those who seemingly work miracles because they have not heard of Jesus. They create religions based on what is right in front of them. How will people in this country and those around the world know that the one their hearts long for is Jesus? And that he is the only one who can save them?

As this scripture has come to mind this week, I am reminded of how important it is to direct all praise to God. Giving thanks to God for graces big and small, out loud. Giving God all of the credit for His work through us and in us, out loud. Deflecting praise for our gifts and talents to Him, out loud, so that everyone we speak to knows who God is and how faithful and powerful and loving and awesome He is. Romans 10:15 says, “how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” We are a sent people. Unless we go and speak and testify about Him, they will not know Him. We must constantly speak of Him so that those who hear will call on His name and be saved.

P~ Father, thank you for this word this week as you have worked it into my heart. I pray that I would not only be thankful in my thoughts and private prayers but that I would speak praise for You out loud to all I encounter so that they would hear of You and have the opportunity to know You and follow You. Guide my paths, orchestrate my interactions, and speak boldly through me. Help me to not be distracted by the shiny trappings of this world, zealous for nothing but You!

All-Access Pass | Kelley Deases

S~ The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your forefathers when he said through Isaiah the prophet: ‘Go to this people and say, “You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.”‘ Acts 28:25-26 (NIV)

O~ Living on this side of the cross and post-Pentacost, we, as Christians, have been granted great access. We can learn of the life and teachings of Christ as we read from His inspired Word. We can receive comfort and guidance and experience God’s presence and power through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. But for the people in the Old Testament, access to God was far more limited and only a select few, to include Isaiah, were allowed an audience with the Father, a foretaste of the coming Messiah, and a glimpse of the Holy Spirit’s power and truth. As these spiritual forefathers walked in faith and obedience, they got to experience in advance this access of which we can readily partake.

A~ I have been privileged to receive an “All-Access Pass.” I was born at the right time in history, in the right place in the world, to the right parents of all the people and lived the right sort of life to allow me to hear and respond to God’s call to “Come and be saved.” Let me never take for granted how blessed I am to have been called by God, inclined to answer, and now live under His grace and with the hope of heaven.

P~ Father, Thank You for granting me full access to You through Your Son and to Your heart through Your Spirit. I am truly blessed beyond measure!

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