Thursday, February 21, 2013

At the Lord's Command….

Numbers 9:22-23

“Whether the cloud stayed over the tabernacle for two days or a month or a year, the Israelites would remain in camp and not set out. At the Lord’s command they encamped, and at the Lord’s command they set out. They obeyed the Lord’s order, in accordance with his command through Moses.”

It must have been tiresome doing this. I mean we just read eight chapters on how the Israelites would set up and take down each step of the tent. They did this every time God moved. Not that I would complain, but after setting up everything it would be crazy to just brea it all down again and move. But, this little statement provides such insight on what it means to be follow the Lord’s will. The Israelites would do it. When God moved, they moved. No questions asked. Following God meant that you would follow Him regardless of when or where He decides to move. To be obedient. From this you can conclude that it took obedience to follow God. It took diligence to follow God. It took the focus not on yourself, but on Him. It’s not easy following God.

Every Christian I know wants to follow God. But how many of us actually do? As for me, it is a easy thing to profess, but this is a difficult thing to do. Obeying God and following His will is not easy. There are many who will testify that when you follow the will of God you experience such great freedom. However, when you are in the time of making a decision it’s not always that easy. Sometimes the decisions are easy, sometimes they are hard. Most of the time they are difficult because like the pillar of fire or the cloud. You have no idea where you are going. All you know is that you are headed to the promise land. Where that is, only He knows. But it keeps me humble, it keeps me on my knees. It also keeps me from becoming selfish or becoming too attached to one thing. However, it takes diligence. It’s not easy. Doing things like this never is.

Lord thank you for showing me an example of following your will.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Calling….

Exodus 3:10

So now, go, I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt

Being called is a big thing. To be asked by God to accomplish his work is what every Christian should look forward to. Moses was called 40 years after he felt the urge in his hear to help his people. The calling came after a failed first attempt of what he felt his life was supposed to be about. It came after he settled in to a life where he was very comfortable. He was called at a time where things we going good. God’s calling probably was not expected at this point. It is no wonder why he questions God at the most highest level. He constantly ask for signs, ask for confirmation, ask for guidance. It seems like impossible that he would be called out now at this time for His work. But God did, God asked, and Moses said yes.

God called you and I to do his work also. Though it may not be as grand as leading his people out of Israel, but it is a calling none the less. What we can learn here through Moses is that when you are called it’s okay to ask question. It’s okay to ask God for confirmation, it’s okay to ask God for help. The thing to focus in on is that Moses did not say no. He said yes, and asked for guidance. He asked for God’s help to accomplish his plan. He said yes and God filled in the rest. That is the approach that I must have, that is the approach that God be approving on. How often I say no and walk away. But God is asking for a “Yes” and for us to ask “how”.

So Lord I will say yes, but Lord please show me how.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Sucky Situation

Genesis 29:35

She (Leah) conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” So she named him Judah.

Luke 12:34

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Leah’s situation sucked. Let’s face it, when you grow up as a little girl, in no matter what culture you are in, growing up not being loved, sucks. Her, father first had to trick a man to get her married, then she was in a marriage where here husband did not love her. To make it worse, her husband loved her sister. No matter how many children she had, no one loved her. Her sister, Rachel, began to despise her because she could bear children, while Rachel could not. There was no end in sight. The more your read the Bible you would think you were watching some messed up reality show you see now days. Leah was in a crappy situation where she didn’t even ask for it. But as you read it you slowly see how she turned to the only one who could give her hope. As each son was born, she let go of the fact that her husband would love her and embraced the only one who did, God. By the time Judah was born, she began to praise the Lord. She began to recognize that the Lord is the one who loves her. But it is hard and it is difficult to do in her situation. She is not exactly getting what anyone wants in their life. However, Leah’s situation can speak to all of us. No one would want to be in a rock and a hard place. But sometimes we do end up there. Some by our own doing, and times our cross of hard times come on it’s own. But there is a lot we can learn about from Leah’s situation. We can learn that we must keep God in focus no matter what. For Leah it took three kids before she realized it was futile to gain her husband’s love. Yet, she learned to just embrace the only one who could truly love her. Leah’s treasure finally became God.

Crushing dreams is not a good thing. In this day and age, the advice would probably be that Leah should just leave him and move off. Unlike today however, the culture mandated that would not happen. However, no matter the situation we can all learn is to point our providence to God. Make our hopes and dreams rest solely upon Him. Point our love, our focus, and our adoration to Him. He many not bail us out of the situation, but He is in control and we have to trust in that. Then He will provide and He will answer all the questions in his time. Our focus should not be on me. It will make me bitter, angry and aggravated if I concentrate on the situation. The focus should be making God my treasure, and my heart will follow.

Lord help me focus in upon You when times suck. Thank you Lord for this timely advice.