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Friday, February 24, 2017

February 25 "Deal With It" Numbers 33-34

"If you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it shall be that those whom you let remain shall be irritants in your eyes and thorns in your sides." Numbers 34. Israel must drive out the Canaanites or they will be driven out themselves.  The Israelites could still stay in the Promised Land with barbs in their eyes and bristles in their sides.  We may succeed in the eyes of this world that we live in, but are we succeeding in God's eyes, God's commands?  We cannot allow evil to take root in our spiritual communities, in our churches, without dealing with it.  We must always start with ourselves.

PHOTO:  Standing with my community walking through this unspeakable hand-wrought beauty.  Thinking about how much I want to succeed in the eyes of the world and have not.  Yearning with all within to live for God and His Story---not for promised lands.

1 comment:

  1. "those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides."

    Paul had a "thorn in the side". Could this have been people who inhibited or distracted his ministry?

    My prayer today:
    LORD, help me to drive out those who hinder my witness for you.