Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Welcome to Day 53 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Numbers 10, Orders are given about the making and using of silver trumpets, which seems to have been the last of all the commandments God gave upon mount Sinai… Also, the history of the removal of Israel’s camp from mount Sinai, and their orderly march into the wilderness of Paran. (Excerpt taken from Matthew Henry’s Commentary.)
Numbers 11, the Israelites are dissatisfied, yet again and have begun grumbling. They are tired of manna (understandable) and are asking for meat. They are looking back at Egypt, forgetting the slavery and oppression, only remembering fish and melons and garlic…
Moses goes off on a rant of his own. He’s fed up with these people… Keep in mind this has been forty years… They are nearing the end of their journey about to arrive in Canaan… Numbers (if I remember correctly) is the final year of Moses’ life…
“Moses was troubled. 11 He asked the LORD, “Why have you brought this trouble on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me? 12 Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth? Why do you tell me to carry them in my arms, as a nurse carries an infant, to the land you promised on oath to their ancestors? 13 Where can I get meat for all these people? They keep wailing to me, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ 14 I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me. 15 If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me—if I have found favor in your eyes—and do not let me face my own ruin.”
“The LORD said to Moses: “Bring me seventy of Israel’s elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people. Have them come to the tent of meeting, that they may stand there with you. 17 I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take some of the power of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them. They will share the burden of the people with you so that you will not have to carry it alone.”
This was the second time that Moses appointed leaders, in addition to the time when his father in law Jethro approached him about how to better structure his leadership… Public sentiment has swayed and the people are grumbling badly… The Lord burned with anger against them… sent fire from heaven that consumed many on the outskirts of the camp, followed by the plague after He sent the quail…
Ultimately, Joshua and Caleb were the only adults over the age of twenty who entered into Canaan (the Promised Land!). Including Moses… who dies within sight of it!
Love, love, love how Psalm 27 ends… “I remain
of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. 14 Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”
Mark wastes no time in jumping right in with Jesus being baptized and starting his ministry and calling his disciples. Driving out spirits, healing many, preaching the good news, praying… Only a passing mention of Jesus in the wilderness being tempted.
Could do a SOAP on every piece of this first chapter of Mark!
The Israelites began grumbling about their situation and what they were given to eat… then Moses questioned God’s ability to provide that much meat… to which God replied, v 23 “Is the LORD’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.” I sensed a touch of “watch this!” in that verse.
I can remember when my kids were little and they didn’t want to eat what was on their plate in front of them…
All God wants is for us to TRUST him.
Our faith can NEVER be based upon our REALITY. Faith sees BEYOND reality. We don’t receive from God based upon our feelings, but based upon our faith. God hasn’t called us to be “realistic.” He has called us to be HOPEFUL!
Faith sees beyond our lack of job to God being our provider.
Faith sees beyond cancer and trusts that God is our healer.
Faith sees beyond our broken relationships to God being the God of reconciliation and forgiveness and mercy.
What am I trusting God for… that goes beyond my reality? What do I need to look beyond and for what do I need to look to God?? Do I trust him. We would all say “Yes!” But what do our actions and words say? Do I grumble about my situation at work? Or do I thank him for my job? Do I trust him for my healing? Or am I trusting the doctors?
Lord, I want to trust you with all my heart! My hope is in YOU alone. I will be content if all I have to eat is manna for the next 40 years. And I will thank you for it! Every day!
I don’t care what my current “reality” is about anything in my life. I am looking to you! You haven’t called me to be realistic, you have called me to be HOPEFUL!