This week’s reading: Numbers 30-36; Deuteronomy 1-11
I have loved reading these past weeks about Moses…I have developed a deep affection for him…I love his humility and to the end he was fighting for the cause of God…for God’s Name to be honored and commands followed and obeyed. God told Moses that soon he would lay eyes on the promised land and then be gathered together with his ancestors. How tempting it might be to lessen the intensity of your calling and pursuit? Time was running out for him and he knew he was not going to walk into the promised land…but in Numbers 31, Moses rebukes the people for not utterly destroying every Midianite…and Deuteronomy encompasses Moses’ final instructions to the Israelites…I loved that Moses finishes well…and that he humbly accepts the judgment of the Lord for his disobedience.
My attention was grabbed this week by this verse:
“At the LORD’s command Moses recorded the stages in their journey. This is their journey by stages.”
Numbers 33: 2
The majority of Numbers 33 records the various stages in their journey. The common wording is as follows:
“They left_________and camped at________________.”
“They left the mountains and camped on the plains by the________________.”
Have you recorded the stages in your journey? How would you fill in the blanks?
I spoke to Carl about this and we were filling in a few of our blanks..when Carl was unexpectedly laid off over 10 years ago, we might have said,
“We left apparent comfort and security and camped in the unknown and fear.” As Carl found a job we could then say,
“We left the unknown and fear and camped in a place of provision and hope.” Do you get the idea? If it was important for God to tell Moses to record the stages of their journey it is equally important for us to record the many stages of our lives.
In Deuteronomy 1: 3 it says,
“In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses proclaimed to the Israelites all that the Lord had commanded him concerning them.”
There are many stages of our lives…many ups and downs…hills and valleys…mountains and plains…all are important and have value. It is vital that we remember all of it. Sometimes it is easy to remember the hard times and camp there…but driving the tent stakes deeply will cut off all the good that God has done in that harsh season. Make a record of all the stages of your life…then take a look at what God has said and done in the midst of it….you may be surprised at what you missed or had forgotten…don’t just hang onto the struggle…cling to what the Repairer of Broken Walls has done on your behalf.
“The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the desert. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”
Deuteronomy 1: 30-31
When we take a look at our journeys in segments of time, we get a chance to revisit how God carried us and enabled us to reach the place we reside today and will inhabit in the future….How did we get here you may ask…we got here because our God carried us when we were weak and feeble and perhaps had lost our vision and our way.
“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.”
(Deuteronomy 4: 9)
Reflecting on our pilgrimage will help us not forget all the wondrous things that we have seen and need to be remembered so we can share them with our children and the cycle will continue…bringing hope and awe to the next generations.
“Ask now about the former days, long before your time, from the day God created man on the earth; ask from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything so great as this ever happened, or has anything like it ever been heard of? Has any other people heard the voice of God speaking out of fire, as you have, and lived? Has any god ever tried to take for himself one nation out of another nation, by testings, by miraculous signs and wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, or by great and awesome deeds, like all the things the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes.”
Deuteronomy 4: 32-35
“Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other.”
Deuteronomy 4: 39
The very God that created the universe…that brought His children out of captivity in Egypt…who spoke to Moses face to face…who led His people by a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night…that accomplished the miraculous…Who laid enemies out flat…this is our God…the same God…the God who is with us every step of the way on our trek…marking the mileposts…adjusting the signposts along the way…working for our good no matter the terrain…
Fill in the blanks…make a record of your journey…recount the Lord’s faithfulness along the way…write it out…declare it within hearing of younger ears…remind those who are hard of hearing…or prone to forget…
” Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”
Isaiah 40: 28-31
Keep your feet firmly on the path and an eye out for how the Lord is going to move!
“For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.”
Psalm 48: 14
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Have a blessed week as you recount the journey you have taken with the Lord,