How thrilled I was to wake up this morning and find that our readings had left Leviticus and we had moved into Numbers. That did not last too long. I forgot how much Numbers was like Leviticus. Yes, no worries, Erwin, God’s Word, whether in Leviticus or Numbers still changes hearts and lives and sure enough, today is no different. Both chapters end with a great message and the last verses scream out to me – do everything that God tells me to do!
Israel did everything the Lord had told Moses. They arranged their camp according to clans and families, with each tribe under its own banner. And that was the order by which they marched into battle. – Numbers 2:34 CEV
I know that I have a choice to disobey God, but why would I? Why would I choose fear when I can rest in His Word? Why trust my eyes and what they see in the world? When I close them and pray, I say Jesus’ name, He comes into that world of mine and I know I am protected and I know I am safe in the palm of His hands.
Listen to my concerns, God,
and protect me
from my terrible enemies.
Keep me safe from secret plots
of corrupt and evil gangs. – Psalm 64:1-2 CEV
So there is no need to worry that I am not making as much money as I think I should be making. There are no worries that my home is not filled with as much expensive stuff as others have. My only worry is that I am doing what God has asked me to do. I want Him to welcome me home when I enter His presence.
Moses knew that the treasures of Egypt were not as wonderful as what he would receive from suffering for the Messiah,[c] and he looked forward to his reward. – Hebrews 11:26 CEV
Father, thank you for the promises that You have given me through Jesus. Every day I wake up I have the choice of doing what You ask me to do or staying in my own little world filled with fear. Really not a hard choice to make, but somehow, each day, it becomes a choice. Thank you for Your Word that finds a way to reach into my heart and change me, direct me and provide me purpose for the day. You are so amazing – as I do Your work today, protect me, keep me safe – I will treasure You wherever I go. Love You. Amen.