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What about Those Ites?

In Numbers 3 and 4, we read about the Gershonites, the Kohathites, Merarites, and others. The chapters contain so many instructions of the responsibilities of each clan. As we read over the passages, it is hard to grasp how this relates to us today. We are not carrying around a tent from place to place. We do not need someone in charge of tent pegs. We don’t have a lampstand. We have never personally met a member of one of the “Ites.”

Even though we do not live in the same time period as the “Ites,” nor need to concern ourselves with the Tabernacle of old, we can glean a lot from these chapters. As we review the text, we can see God’s desire for order.  We can also note how each clan had different responsibilities. Everyone had something to do, something that was their responsibility. Together, if everyone did as purposed, everything would flow smoothly and God would get glory.

These chapters help us to recognize how God appreciates order and they encourage us to faithfully obey His plan. Today, look at your home life, your work life, and your church life. Note where you are positioned. Embrace the position. Embrace the order. Take time to seek the Spirit’s guidance for further revelation of your position. Are you where you are supposed to be? Are you trying to take over another’s responsibilities? Are you serving where you are meant to serve? Are you doing too much? Allow God to lead you in every area of your life and watch how everything is orchestrated for His great purpose.

“The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” – Psalm 37:23 [NLT]

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Patrol Girl

My friend was telling me about what her daughter has been doing while on safety patrol. I couldn’t stop from laughing as I imagined her giving citations to other students for not following the rules. I can see it so clearly in my mind. But after thinking about it, I realized that if I was a safety patrol girl today, I would probably do the same thing.

We have rules and order for a reason. I find myself being a stickler for following rules, especially in the areas of driving. Yes, I break rules. But I more often find myself bothered by seeing the rules being broken. I like order. I like rules. I like organization. I am not fond of chaos. I catch myself even putting things back when I am shopping because items are “not where they are meant to be.”

God from the chaos created order. He is into organization. He likes order. Read Leviticus. Read the instructions for the Temple. Read the instructions for the Ark. I could go on and on. As you read the Bible, you read again and again of little details. Specific details. There is great attention to detail. Today I pray you dig into the Word and appreciate God’s attention to detail and order. May you come to know that God cares about all of the little details in your life too.

“For the LORD is God, and he created the heavens and earth and put everything in place. He made the world to be lived in, not to be a place of empty chaos. “I am the LORD,” he says, “and there is no other” – Isaiah 45:18 [NLT]

Making Exceptions

I have always been a big rule follower. When I was in grade school, I wanted to follow each and every rule, though the no talking rule was definitely a challenge. Today I still try to follow all of the rules that come my way. My motto is “we have rules for a reason.” God created order out of chaos and I prefer order over chaos any day!
Recently at work a co-worker didn’t understand why I would not break the rule for one customer. But there is a great problem with making exceptions. We have a serious issue when the rules get bent a bit for someone or something. When we step out of order, we find chaos.
Saul “made an exception for Agag, and for the choice sheep and cattle.” There was a holy ban, a ban that God required they destroy EVERYTHING. Everything was cursed. Everything was tainted. God did not want any of that to corrupt His special people. But Saul and the army thought they knew better. They made an exception. Today recognize that making exceptions when it comes to God’s Word, bending His commands will only bring chaos. Like Saul and his army, we like to think we know better. Truth is, we don’t. Together let us humbly admit it and quit making exceptions.

“Then Saul went after Amalek, from the canyon all the way to Shur near the Egyptian border. He captured Agag, king of Amalek, alive. Everyone else was killed under the terms of the holy ban. Saul and the army made an exception for Agag, and for the choice sheep and cattle. They didn’t include them under the terms of the holy ban. But all the rest, which nobody wanted anyway, they destroyed as decreed by the holy ban.”
1 Samuel 15:7-9 [MSG]

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Wisdom and Discretion

When King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that troubled him, he asked the astrologers the meaning of the dream but they couldn’t tell him. As a result he was furious and ordered that all of the wise men in Babylon be executed. Men were sent to find Daniel and his friends to follow the orders of the king. When Daniel was found by the king’s guard, “Daniel handled the situation with wisdom and discretion.”

Daniel was given important information. Lives were in danger. His life was in danger. Daniel did not run away and hide. Daniel did not run away and make a big announcement to all of his friends. Daniel did not get frantic. Daniel did not act first and think later. He responded with wisdom and discretion.

There are moments in our lives where we should do the same but instead we make a post on a social media network or send text messages to a group of friends. There are moments when we act too soon without much thought and end up getting ourselves into more trouble. As you go through this week, with each situation you face, aim to act with wisdom and discretion.

“When Arioch, the commander of the king’s guard, came to kill them, Daniel handled the situation with wisdom and discretion.” – Daniel 2:14 [NLT]

 

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Now Go

When reading Exodus 3-4, we find God calling Moses. Most people can remember the burning bush. Like all of us, God created Moses for a purpose. Moses was to lead God’s chosen people out of Egypt. In 3:10, after Moses answers God with “Here I am” and hears of God’s concern for His people and their suffering, and the promise of rescue and “a land flowing with milk and honey,” God tells Moses , “So now, go.” Yet, Moses does not go. There is excuse after excuse given. Who am I? What is Your name? What if they don’t believe me? I cannot speak so well. In 4:12, again God says, “Now go” and He promises to help Moses. Still, Moses says, “Please send someone else” (v. 13).

It is interesting to see the exchange between God and Moses. When we see dozens of verses later that God is still trying to get Moses to go do what He asked, it is safe to say that we all have been in that same position. We all have a pile of excuses that we have given God. It could be something like, “Well I didn’t have enough time to read my Bible today” or “I was too tired to pray last night before bed.” Maybe it sounds something like this: “You want me to go back to school but I’m making good money at the job I have now.” Perhaps it is “I have too much on my plate now. There is no way I can serve the church.” There are likely millions of excuses I could list here. We all make them.

When Moses finally moves forward as God commanded, it is easily seen that God is with him. Everything God said is true. God is faithful. Moses gave excuses to God on being used as a vessel for God’s glory to accomplish God’s plan. We give the same excuses. But remember, it is God’s plan. He is faithful.  If He has given you something to do, He has given you everything you need to get it done. His plans will not be thwarted. As you go through your day today, if you feel God leading you, don’t give an excuse. Show up for duty. When you show up for duty, you find that He already has done the hard part.