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Numbers 15-18; Acts 18; Psalm 90

I love the laws recorded in Numbers – they reflect the seriousness of God’s expectations in my life. The idea of obeying has never left the ways of following God – nothing is left to personal discretion. The work of obedience is a difficult and a careful one in my life. God has a reason for His call in my life even when I cannot see it. In some ways this screams faith to me.  I do know that God has higher aims for me, more than I can appreciate, and He does know what it will take for me to achieve them. I see His challenges as an opportunity to build strength and capacity so that I can succeed. At the end of the day I want to be holy.

So you shall remember and do all my commandments, and be holy to your God.  I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God: I am the Lord your God.” – Numbers 15:40-41  ESV

When I read how Paul taught the church in Corinth how to be holy, he provided the concept that God designs us to follow Him. I have seen these in my own life. When God designed me He changed me, He put people in my life so that they could be changed and I could be changed even more, and most importantly, for me in the now, I believe He is designing me for what I cannot yet see.

And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent,  for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.” – Acts 18:9-10  ESV

For that reason I love the prayer that Moses prayed in Psalm 90, and especially this verse —

So teach us to number our days
    that we may get a heart of wisdom. – Psalm 90:12  ESV

I really do want to be taught by God. I want to have a heart of wisdom. This verse reminds me of something Jesus said He would do. He promised me the Holy Spirit who would teach me all things.

Father, thank You for today. I am challenged so much to be what You want me to be. You ask me to be holy, I cannot do this without You. Make me into Your image, to love You, to obey You, to follow You. When life gives me opportunity to come to You as my Father with my needs, disappointments, struggles and failures, may I remember that Jesus has offered to walk with me and that I will accept His yoke so that I may place these burdens of mine on Him. I know He cares for me. I will glorify You always and am so thankful that in You I have my hope.

Erwin (evanlaar1922)



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Judges 18; Acts 22; Jerimiah 32; Psalm 1,2

In Judges 17 we read how Micah had built his own private shrine and made ephod and some household gods and idols and even installed his own priest so that he could continue to worship God but in the way he wanted to. Not by God’s commands. In chapter 18 we see how the Danites went into Micah’s home and took all of his gods, the ephod, the idol and his priest.  Micah even attempted to retrieve his possessions by sending out the troops.

“When they had gone some distance from Micah’s house, the men who lived near Micah were called together and overtook the Danites.  As they shouted after them, the Danites turned and said to Micah, “What’s the matter with you that you called out your men to fight?”  He replied,  “You took the gods I made, and my priest, and went away. What else do I have?  How can you ask, ‘What’s the matter with you?’ ” Judges 18:22-24

He asked “what else do I have?”  He had put all of his faith and worship into false gods and idols and he felt he was left with nothing. Does this take place in our life?  Sure it does; don’t we see this everyday, we might even have a taste of it in our life if we were to be honest.  Maybe our idol isn’t made out of silver, but maybe the idol is money, or cars, or a job, sports it could even be a ministry that has been allowed to ooze over it’s boundaries and take time away from worship or family.  Maybe our idol is the man we listen to every week as we sit in church.  (ouch!) That one might have stepped on some toes.

We all create our own idols and gods.  Honestly the time that I’m on the computer each day…let’s just say if I spent that time in God’s word my life would be richer, my marriage would be healthier, my children would be discipled in the way God commands and if I lost everything tomorrow I wouldn’t feel as if I had lost anything because no one can take away my God or my salvation.

“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.  He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.  Whatever he does prospers.” Psalms 1:1-3

It’s doubtful that Micah ever delighted in the law of the Lord, he was too busy delighting in his own laws which was easy to do when you own a personal priest.  This can also be a snare for some Christians as they attempt to create their own comfort zone, a group of friends that might not hold them as accountable as they should.

Of course this is what I pulled out of today’s reading, have I missed the mark?

Father forgive me for the things I put before you.  Help me to recognize these idols and gods and cast them out.  I want  to meditate on your word, delight in your laws and and grow deep roots faith so that I can yield fruit for your glory. Amen


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