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Case Before the Lord

As I was reading about the daughters of Zelophehad the other day, a verse spoke volumes to me. It is a simple verse, one that does not need you to crack open a commentary or understand a great deal of the Bible to comprehend. Numbers 27:5 says, “Moses brought their case before the LORD.”

You see these daughters of Zelophehad approached Moses for an inheritance from their father. This man had no sons and he died, so they approach Moses and what does he do first? He approaches the Lord. This got me thinking about the different situations that I am faced with on a daily basis. Do I take them to the Lord or try to handle them on my own? Do I give them to God or ask friends or family for help?

Every day we have this great opportunity to bring before the Lord anything on our heart. He wants us to do this—to share with Him all that we consider important and all that we care about – our hopes, our dreams, our desires, our problems, our fears. He wants us to pour it all out to Him. And when we bring what is on our heart and lay it down at His feet, He wants us to let it go and to trust Him, and to listen to the still small voice. It is a voice of comfort, a voice of wisdom, a voice that speaks life, a voice that placed the stars in the sky; it is a voice that wants to speak to you. It is the greatest voice—and it’s worth a listen.

“Moses brought their case before the LORD.” – Numbers 27:5 [ESV]

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Change Your Life

It is very easy to change your clothes to appear different. Many people have clothing for different events and situations. We have our work clothing, our casual clothing, our dress clothing, etc. But changing your clothing does not change you. It only changes your appearance to make you more comfortable in your environment, to help you blend in, to keep you hot/cool, or to follow some dress code requirement at work or school.

In Joel we read the need to change your life. You cannot simply change the outer appearance and think you have accomplished what God was after. God wants your heart. God wants you to have a pure heart. You can easily change your clothing and attend church and think you’ve done what was required of you. Yet your heart could be without change—the outside was changed but the inside remained the same.

Today is the day to look deep within and ask yourself if there has been a change. Have you just changed clothing? Have you simply sought a “Christian” radio station and changed your appearance? Have you started to attend church every Sunday so you can say you went to church? Or have you changed? Do you see something different about yourself? Are you more joyful? Are you more hopeful? Are you more helpful? Are you nicer? Do you act with more compassion? Are you after truth? If you aren’t seeing one bit of change, chances are you have just changed your clothes.

“Change your life, not just your clothes.
Come back to God, your God.
And here’s why: God is kind and merciful.
He takes a deep breath, puts up with a lot,
This most patient God, extravagant in love,
always ready to cancel catastrophe.”
-Joel 2:13 [MSG]

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