Tuesday, February 21, 2017

February 22 "He Lived For God Not for Promised Lands" Numbers 26-27

The chapel speaker tossed out a bombshell question:  "If God answered all your prayers today, would it change the world or change you"? 

Moses, in a pivotal moment in his life, chose a benevolent, humanitarian prayer. Not for himself.  But for his world.  The pious leader would no longer cross the Jordan River and enter the confines of the privileged Promised Land. Numbers 27:12-17.  No, he would die on the Moabitic range of perilous mountains. All because...Moses struck the rock at Meribah and didn't treat God as holy.  With humility and meekness, Moses embraced the Divine Edict and "evinced the spirit of genuine patriotism in his fervent prayers for the appointment of a worthy and competent successor." Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. 

I am beyond belief in reading this. Moses could walk to the tip of one of the mountain ranges and grab an eyeful of the Promised Land he couldn't enter. Did Moses live for the promise of entering the Promised Land?  Or, did Moses simply profoundly live for God.  What about you?  What do you live for today? 


February 21 "Far More Excellent Gifts" Numbers 23-25

"Your dwelling place is secure,
your nest is set in a rock;
yet you Kenites will be destroyed
when Ashur takes you captive.”  Numbers 24:22

Balaam cursed a man, not the church itself.
Someone once asked:  do we, in knowledge, experience, or profession excel Balaam?

"Simple dependence on the Redeemer's atoning blood and sanctifying grace, cheerful submission to the Providential hand, and constant endeavors to glorify God and benefit His People, these are less splendid but far more excellent gifts, and always accompany salvation... . The feeblest believer has something of them, and is daily praying for more of them."

That's it.  Daily praying for more of Him.  He must increase; I must decrease.  

PHOTO:  The Ancient of Days.  Far more excellent gifts from Him to live this day by His strength.

Monday, February 20, 2017

February 20 "Line Drawn" Numbers 21-22

The line was drawn by an angel of the Lord. God opposed him. Stood in his way.

Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown." Numbers 22:31.

It was the Great Divide that stopped me in my tracks.  Balaam counted the donkey as an adversary.  It is our best friend that meets us where we are, exposes us for who we are, and stands in our way.  When God opens our eyes, we see our sin and name it for the rebellion it is,  It's a Beautiful Thing when we are crossed, when a line is drawn, and God stands in our way.

PHOTO: The other side of my Great Divide. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

February 19 "Treat God As Holy" Numbers 18-20

Do we do the same thing?

The miraculous supply of water which started at Raphidim continued.  Yet, Moses and Aaron both doubted the power and strength and supply of their God.  “Because you did not trust in Me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”  Numbers 20:18

Do we do the same thing?
Moses & Aaron just did the same thing the Israelites had been doing.
They were commanded to speak to the rock and God's hand would act.
They smitted the rock twice.  
Do we think we have to protect God's power, God's reputation, God's decisions? In the event that God does not act.
May we speak the words God gives in relationships and even in the rocks of life.

PHOTO: Speak as you walk through life. Don't strike just speak when you are called to.

Friday, February 17, 2017

February 18 "Not The Hand of Man" Numbers 16-17

It's the work of heaven.
No man planted seeds; no man watered the grass; no man tended the flowers; no man grew anything.

"Aaron’s staff, which represented the tribe of Levi, had not only sprouted but had budded, blossomed and produced almonds." Numbers 17:8

The only prince of the 12 tribes who budded, blossomed, and produced fruit.  Not at the hand of man.  Moses couldn't make a stick grow overnight with such a trichotomy.  They don't exist together on a branch.  And the Israelites saw that it was a miracle.  A calling that produced fruit that only God can do.  Are we patient in our own pursuits, knowing God is producing fruit in our endeavors for Him. It is the blessing of heaven.

Bishop Hall cultivated a thought about this verse:  "Fruitfulness is the best evidence of a divine call."

PHOTO: Not the Hand of man. The Hand of God. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

February 17 "Mad Dog" Numbers 14-15

“If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword"?  . . . And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.” But no ... there was one with "another spirit" and a "rough name." Caleb. The meaning of his name is "dog" but the significance is "All Heart." Caleb, a servant of God, followed Him fully. Numbers 14:24. Nothing lukewarm about this white-hot brave heart. A spirit of "holy heat, of noble daring," said Spurgeon. Spurgeon went on to say that there are those un-Caleb like people in our lives we share our very life and love "but no effort on your part can stir the frozen current of their soul." Not so, with this noble dog called Caleb. May we all learn today to be a Caleb and "follow fully" and plead with God to thaw the frozen currents of our own souls and those we love.

PHOTO:  The road.  The road we are all on.  Sometimes wilderness; sometimes extravagance.  No matter.  Are we "all heart" in this life we are living?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February 16 "Rabble" Numbers 11-13

The rabble!
Craving other things.
Numbers 11:4-6.
"If only we had . . . "
"We remember . . . "
"But now . . . "
Lost my appetite
Never see anything but manna.

Here's the truth . . .
"Never try to live on old manna,
(and never try to replace it for better),
nor seek help in Egypt.
All must come from Jesus or thou are undone."  Charles Spurgeon

PHOTO: Let's go back.